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Hong Kong Authorities Tear Down Protest Site, Arrest More Than 200

Workers in Hong Kong dismantled barricades Thursday. A total of 209 people were arrested as demonstrators staged a sit-in protest.

Posted on December 11, 2014, at 2:21 a.m. ET

Updated — Dec. 11, 10:02 a.m. ET.

A total of 209 people were arrested during the clearance of the pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty.

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LIVE: 209 people were arrested during #OccupyCentral clear-out in Admiralty, police say http://t.co/Yg24CXsbbP

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In Hong Kong, a court order mandated the dismantling of barricades built by protesters next to the city government offices.

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The workers were ordered to remove barriers and obstructions from three sections of the main protest site.

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Police will then move in to clear other sections of road so traffic can pass through the area again.

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Attendance at the demonstrations had fallen from the tens of thousands to just a few hundred, but many protesters returned for the last night of celebrations, the BBC reported.

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At a news conference before the clearance began Thursday, Police Senior Superintendent Kwok Pak-chung urged protesters to leave peacefully.

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Protesters chanted "I want universal suffrage" and held signs that read "We will be back," but the scene was generally peaceful as police arrived to remove barricades.

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The words "We'll be back" were formed on the ground of an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Protesters have been demonstrating for more than two months against Beijing's control over the city's next election in 2017 for the top leader.

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Over the course of the protests, 655 people have been arrested and 129 officers injured, police said.

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Protesters staged a sit in protest, and police dragged away many of those who refused to leave.

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Some elderly protesters were wheeled away from the site by police. This activist's banner reads: "I want universal suffrage".

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Hong Kong singer Denise Ho was one of the dozens arrested.

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The so-called Lennon Wall — with its hundreds of multicolored post-it notes of solidarity with the protesters — has also been cleared away.

VILLAGE VOICE! MT @trey_menefee Maybe the last photo taken of the HK Lennon Wall #UmbrellaRevolution #OccupyHK

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VILLAGE VOICE! MT @trey_menefee Maybe the last photo taken of the HK Lennon Wall #UmbrellaRevolution #OccupyHK

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In a bid to preserve protest history, volunteers tried to salvage as many post-it notes as they could prior to the clean-up last night. They also took 13GB of photographs of the messages, to be uploaded to a website, the South China Morning Post reported.

"You may say I'm a dreamer..."“@scharlt: "all that's left of Admiralty's 'Lennon Wall' this morning #hongkong ”

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"You may say I'm a dreamer..."“@scharlt: "all that's left of Admiralty's 'Lennon Wall' this morning #hongkong ”

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By 9:00 p.m. local time (8:00 a.m. ET), one of the main highways was cleared for traffic for the first time in 75 days.

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Traffic is restored westbound, as cars, minibuses & taxis race through for the first time in 75 days #OccupyHK

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Traffic is restored westbound, as cars, minibuses & taxis race through for the first time in 75 days #OccupyHK

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