Hong Kong bailiffs have forced protesters out of HSBC’s headquarters, putting an end to one of the Occupy movement’s longest-running encampments, AP reports.
The riotous episode saw bailiffs and bank guards dragging persistent anti-capitalist activists from an area beneath HSBC’s headquarters that is used as a public passageway. Several protesters reportedly zipped themselves inside tents or clung to sofas before authorities dragged them away. By 5 p.m., the premises were cleared of the activists’ belongings, including tables, bookcases, gas cookers and lamps. According to HSBC spokesman Gareth Hewett, four bank guards suffered minor injuries.
The Occupy movement in Hong Kong claims to have started on October 15, a month after the Occupy movement started in lower Manhattan. Hundreds of activists occupied the public passageway underneath the HSBC headquarters in protests against “corporate excess and economic inequality”. The number of protesters eventually dwindled to fewer than a dozen but outstayed other encampments including those New York, London and Frankfurt after ignoring a court order demanding protesters leave by August 27.