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Occupy protesters in Hong Kong face deadline to leave HSBC

 A man looks at tents of protesters outside the HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. HSBC won a legal motion on Monday to clear out ...

Hong Kong Occupy Eviction

A man looks at tents of protesters outside the HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. HSBC won a legal motion on Monday to clear out ...

Occupy Central protesters in Hong Kong face a legal deadline Monday to leave HSBC Asian headquarters where they have spent more than 10 months demonstrating against social inequality.

The demonstrators should leave before 9 p.m., according to an order given by Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance on August 13th. If they don't comply, a writ of possession will be issued by the court, and executed by the police, HSBC spokesman Gareth Hewett said.

The protest in Hong Kong had about 50 participants at its peak. While the number of active protestors has dwindled, more than a dozen tents remain at the site.

Most Occupy encampments in other major cities have not enjoyed such longevity. Protestors at Occupy Wall Street in New York, where the first Occupy protest took place last September, were evicted by police from Zuccotti Park two months in. London's protest at Finsbry Square was removed in June.

Hong Kong is one of several Asian cities including Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo which have seen protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to their streets.


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:27 GMT+08:00