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Hong Kong Protest Movement Halted

'We Will Be Back' is displayed on a sign taped to the road outside Hong Kong's government complex on December 11, 2014, in Hong Kong. After more than two months and drawing crowds of over 100,000, pro-democracy protest site has been cleared away by police. (Brent Lewin/Getty Images)
'We Will Be Back' is displayed on a sign taped to the road outside Hong Kong's government complex on December 11, 2014, in Hong Kong. After more than two months and drawing crowds of over 100,000, pro-democracy protest site has been cleared away by police. (Brent Lewin/Getty Images)

The protesters who occupied a stretch of Hong Kong’s financial district are gone. Hong Kong authorities today cleared away the last barricades and tents. But the dozens of student leaders and other activists they took away vowed their fight for greater democracy wasn’t over. The student-led demonstrators have been protesting Beijing’s restrictions on the first election for Hong Kong’s leader, though the movement’s momentum has been fading in recent weeks.

The BBC’s John Sudworth told Here & Now‘s Robin Young, “this whole protest movement — it may have come to an end for now, but it’s probably only the end of a chapter. The desire for democracy remains very strong amongst a large number of people.”

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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