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Then and Now: Protest Sites Cleared in Hong Kong

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Image: A police officer rides a motorcycle after an area previously blocked by pro-democracy protesters was cleared near the government headquarters building at the financial Central district in Hong Kong

DECEMBER 11
A police officer rides a motorcycle after an area previously blocked by pro-democracy protesters was cleared in Hong Kong's financial district.
Hong Kong cleared most of the main pro-democracy protest site on Thursday as police hauled activists away, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations that have blocked key roads in the Chinese-controlled city. Here's a side-by-side look at the aftermath and some of the dramatic scenes from the height of the protests.

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SEPTEMBER 29
Demonstrators hold up their mobile phones near the Hong Kong government headquarters as the ranks of protesters campaigning for free elections swelled into the tens of thousands.

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DECEMBER 11
Pro-democracy protesters remove signs placed during the past two months of protests from the area around the protest camp but leave intact the notice "We are dreamers."

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SEPTEMBER 29
A line of police fill a stairway as pro-democracy demonstrators gathered for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters.

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DECEMBER 11
Workers sweep a road after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district.

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OCTOBER 24
Pro-democracy demonstrators sit by tents set up on a highway at the main protest site in the Admiralty district. The protests were one of the biggest challenges to Beijing's authority since the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989.

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DECEMBER 11
Hong Kong police arrest a demonstrator as police cleared the main protest site. Many activists chose to leave the site but police hauled off holdout protesters as they chanted "We will be back."

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