Date
17 January 2017
Some people unfurl yellow umbrellas and  banners during the five-hour demolition. Photo: RTHK
Some people unfurl yellow umbrellas and banners during the five-hour demolition. Photo: RTHK

Last of tent city torn down six months after street protests

Dozens of tents belonging to the last holdouts from last year’s democracy protests were dismantled Wednesday, more than six months after the street occupation ended.

Officers from the Lands Department backed by police undertook the clearance in Tim Mei Ave. outside government headquarters, using heavy equipment to demolish large structures and grab-mounted lorries to haul them away.

After less than five hours, the former tent city was reduced to a pile of rubbish, according to public broadcaster RTHK.

Wang Deng-yao, one of the remaining protesters still camped out in the former protest site, was led away by policemen who refused to give him time to collect his belongings.

Several unfurled yellow umbrellas and banners emblazoned with pro-democracy slogans while others watched from the sidelines as their tent city was being torn down.

There were no reports of violence. 

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A Lands Department officer uses red spray to mark the checked items for removal. Photo: RTHK


Discarded items including furniture, planks and bunk beds await to be hauled away. Photo: RTHK


Lands Department officers check the tents before the removal operation. Photo: RTHK


Officers from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department use heavy equipment to demolish large structures.. Photo: RTHK


By 2 p.m. all tents have been removed and the passageway cleared outside government headquarters. Photo: RTHK


A holdout (inset) is taken away by police who refused to give him time to collect his belongings as workers demolish his tent. Photo: RTHK


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