Hundreds of police in Hong Kong methodically dismantled pro-democracy protest camps in the financial district on Thursday and arrested more than 200 people who tried to stop them.
The protesters, who had camped out in the city since Sept. 28, vowed to return. They have been demonstrating against the Chinese government’s decision to screen all candidates in Hong Kong’s elections in 2017.
“The movement has been surreal,” said 27-year-old protester Javis Luk. “No-one knew it could last more than two months … in a place where time and money are most important.”
Protest leaders said they would consider civil disobedience as other forms of getting their point across.
The police used trucks and cranes to remove the blockades, and by late evening traffic had resumed on the highway.