Hong Kong police removes 'Occupy Central' activist at HSBC 332 days on
Wong Hin Yan, the last #OccupyCentral occupier in Hong Kong to be removed by force by bailiffs and police at 4:38 pm from HSBC HQ, 332 days since Oct 15, 2011, ending the longest occupy movement in the world.
Hong Kong police removes 'Occupy Central' activist at HSBC after 332 days
By P H Yang
September 11, 2012 - Hong Kong
11 months after 'Occupy Central' started taking over the plaza beneath the Norman Foster-designed HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong, the longest running 'occupy' action in the world came to an end with three protesters arrested.
In London, police removed protesters on June 14, while U.S. demonstrations were subdued last November. Most other 'occupy' groups had been dispersed.
The High Court last month ordered the activists to vacate the site by August 27. But the protesters defied the court order. HSBC then got a writ of possession from the court.
The bailiffs and over 100 police came at 10 am. They removed tents, sofas, tables, miscellaneous items and forcibly carried away the two dozen activists, one by one, with confrontation and physical jostling.
At 4:38 pm, Wong Hin Yan, a musician and a core member, was the last activist to be removed. Thus ended the 332 days of occupation.
On September 17, 2011, protesters at 'Occupy Wall Street' raised the banner -- 'We are the 99%' and decried the social injustice resulted from capitalism. It spread like wildfire across the entire United States.
October 15, 2011. The start of the unprecedented global revolution. Over 2,700 cities from 90 countries across the world responded to the call to action and the torches of protest swept to Hong Kong where thousands gathered at Exchange Square, home of Hong Kong's Stock Exchange.
At the end of the day, the protesters moved from the private property to the public space under the HSBC building where they camped. At the peak, over 200 activists were involved.
Nin Chan, one of the core activists who stayed until the end, concluded on his Facebook page:
"what was occupy central, when it comes down to it? a group of people who were drawn together by a sense that the world needed to change, and realized how much such a change would require from ourselves, as much as everyone whom we come into contact with....
a group of people who had to learn how to wait, to realize that, however distant our dreams are, opening a path upon which we can all walk together...
goodbye, central. and thank you to everybody who has ever believed in us, in the infinitesimal but invincible possibility that we can have done with this senseless order, that we no longer need to be humiliated, that we can live in a world where we can help each other to assume our full stature."