UPDATE: Hong Kong authorities start to clear main protest site
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UPDATE: Hong Kong authorities start to clear main protest site

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have started clearing barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp across a busy highway as part of a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.

Court workers backed by police carried out a restraining order Thursday calling for barriers to be dismantled and obstructions removed from three sections of the protest site.

The sprawling encampment in Hong Kong’s Admiralty section, on the edge of the financial district, has been became the focal point for the protesters, who have occupied the site for 75 days.

On Sept. 28 police fired dozens of tear gas rounds at thousands of protesters gathering in the area angry over the prolonged detention of a student leader. The move infuriated protesters and kick-started the student-led protest movement.

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Protesters gather at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Police Senior Superintendent Kwok Pak-chung earlier  warned the public that anyone obstructing the bailiffs would be arrested.