Pro-democracy protesters comfort each other after leaving with their belongings outside the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Hong Kong's leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters Monday.Police demolished the city's main protest camp last week.Beijing has backed his administration throughout the occupation.Causeway Bay hosted the smallest of the three camps that sprang up in late September, paralysing sections of the city, as part of the student-led campaign for free leadership elections.Police cleared the other major protest site in the working-class commercial district of Mongkok -- scene of some of the most violent clashes since the campaign began -- in late November.Students who spearheaded the street protests were among the sit-in group in Causeway Bay Monday.It has achieved no political concessions from either Hong Kong's leaders or the Chinese government, with both branding the protests "illegal".
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