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Hong Kong Police to Clear Main Protest Site on December 11

09.12.2014 11:41

Honk Kong authorities will begin to dismantle barricades, tents and other obstructions in the main protest site of Admiralty on December 11, following an injunction issued by the High Court, Reuters reports, citing local media.

The injunction was granted to a local bus company, All China Express Ltd, on December 1, on the grounds that protests are hurting its business. It allows authorities to clear three parts of the main protest camp in the Admiralty district, which houses the government headquarters. As many as 3,000 police officers are expected to participate in the clearing effort, South China Morning Post reports, citing police sources.

Protesters are to leave the area before 09:00 (01:00 GMT) on Thursday, according to BBC. "What I would like to do now is to perhaps make a public plea to the students to stay away from the scene when there is plenty of time," said Paul Tse, a lawyer for the bus company, as quoted by the Associated Press.