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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.

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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.

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

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

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

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

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

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.

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.

Tyrone Siu / Reuters

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

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

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.

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

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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