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Hong Kong Protesters Brace For Camp's Final Day

The pro-democracy demonstrators have been camped on a highway for about two months. They expect police to clear out the remanning people tonight.

Posted on December 10, 2014, at 12:24 p.m. ET

Thousands of police officers will clear the main campsite of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy protests in the financial district on Thursday.

A banner lies on an overpass in Hong Kong on Dec. 10.
Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

A banner lies on an overpass in Hong Kong on Dec. 10.

The months-long student-led protest will come to an end as authorities plan to clear tents and blockades in the Admiralty District — home to the Central Government Office, military headquarters, and several corporations.

Protesters have lunch as police officers stand guard at the occupied area outside government headquarters.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Protesters have lunch as police officers stand guard at the occupied area outside government headquarters.

Hong Kong's High Court passed an official order — printed in local newspapers Tuesday — allowing the site to be cleared. The camp has impacted the city's financial hub for about 74 days.

Protesters block a highway.
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Protesters block a highway.

Authorities asked protesters to leave peacefully before Thursday, warning that the police would take "resolute action" against those who obstructed the officers.

A man touches pro-democracy artwork at the protest site.
Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

A man touches pro-democracy artwork at the protest site.

"We can't guarantee there won't be any confrontations," Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told reporters.

Protesters pack their belongings at the occupied area outside government headquarters.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Protesters pack their belongings at the occupied area outside government headquarters.

The clearing of the Admiralty encampment signals the end of the two-month-long "Umbrella Movement" that called for a democratic election in Hong Kong without Beijing vetting the candidates.

Protesters holding a yellow banner with words reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" on a barricade at the occupied area outside government headquarters.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Protesters holding a yellow banner with words reading "I want genuine universal suffrage" on a barricade at the occupied area outside government headquarters.

The protests were branded "illegal" by the Beijing-backed government, leading to months of rising tensions and incidents of violence, though the demonstrations were largely peaceful.

A pro-democracy protester walks past tents at the protest site.
Tyrone Siu / Reuters

A pro-democracy protester walks past tents at the protest site.

The court order was passed in relation to an injunction won by a local bus company asking to clear street blockades in Admiralty.

Tents sit outside the Central Government Offices.
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Tents sit outside the Central Government Offices.

Clashes between protesters and police clearing another major Occupy protest site, in the Mong Kok district, escalated in recent weeks.

A pro-democracy protester is taken away by police officers as workers start clearing away barricades at an occupied area in the Mong Kok District of Hong Kong.
AP Photo/Vincent Yu

A pro-democracy protester is taken away by police officers as workers start clearing away barricades at an occupied area in the Mong Kok District of Hong Kong.

Of the tens of thousands of protesters that camped in Admiralty over two months, only a few hundred remained with rows of empty tents in the hours before Thursday's clearance.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Some protesters vowed to stay until the last minute, while others worked to preserve the artwork created during the movement.

A banner created by protesters featuring drawings of Chinese and other countries' leaders holding yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the pro-democracy movement.
AP Photo/Kin Cheung

A banner created by protesters featuring drawings of Chinese and other countries' leaders holding yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the pro-democracy movement.

One of the student leaders of the movement, Joshua Wong, urged the dwindling protesters to remain peaceful during the clearance of the Admiralty site.

Joshua Wong
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Joshua Wong

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