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Hong Kong protest site opens up

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:12

Normality returns after Hong Kong police clear the main pro-democracy protest site but some defiant campaigners remain. Paul Chapman reports.

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It looks like any ordinary city scene but this area outside the Hong Kong government headquarters was, until Thursday, at the heart of the pro-democracy occupation. On Friday traffic and pedestrians were back on the move. Some heading to work had mixed feelings about the activists' forced departure. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CIVIL SERVANT MICHAEL CHAN SAYING: "As a civil servant, one of the staff working here, I really cannot say too much from the political point of view. But personally what they're fighting for is good over the long haul." Police arrested more than 200 protesters when they moved in to clear the site on Thursday. Even so, some defiant activists are still there and planning to stay put. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROTESTER CALLING HIMSELF 'MR HAPPY HOUR LAU' SAYING: "I think they will not move us because this area is for the people to tell something to the government so I think they do not move us." The protests erupted when Beijing said only pre-screened candidates could contest the election for a new chief executive in 2017. Protest leaders say they're now considering other forms of civil disobedience in their battle for open nominations.

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Hong Kong protest site opens up

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:12