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End of an Era

Hong Kong pro-democracy protest site cleared out after 10 weeks

On Thursday, the main site of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was dismantled after 75 days, but many demonstrators say this is only the beginning of their fight. "I'm very optimistic that people will be coming out again," student leader Alex Chow said. "People in Hong Kong have changed."

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The camp was cleared after a local bus company won an injunction against the protesters who blocked streets in the Admiralty district, Time reports. Hundreds of demonstrators came back to the camp to watch as it was cleared, including Alan Leong, leader of the Civic Party. "This is definitely not the end of the movement," he told Time. "With this awakening of the Hong Kong people, we have sown the seeds for the next wave of the democratization movement."