If you thought that the Occupy Movement was limited to the states, think again. But also consider that we here have a bit more freedom to express our disillusionment than our friends showing their collective ire for government and corporate greed in Hong Kong. Protestors there were forcibly removed from the HSBC’s Asian headquarters after ignoring a court order requiring them to leave the site by August 27th.
Around midday Tuesday, officers entered the HSBC plaza and linked arms to form a human wall around the dozen or so protesters in order to move them out, reports Reuters. Workers then removed the belongings of the Occupy protestors, including tents, furniture, and carpets drawing angry protests from the demonstrators there.
Occupy Hong Kong echoes the international movement against corporate greed and economic inequality, and the Hong Kong protests drew students, young professionals, activists, the unemployed and homeless, disenfranchised groups that have embodied the movement around the world. Occupy Hong Kong has turned out few protestors, however. The HSBC occupation initially turned out around 100 supporters, dwindling to a dozen or so in recent weeks. Elsewhere in China, tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets this year to protest high property prices and Chinese meddling in local affairs.
Around the world, the Occupy Movement has suffered similar setbacks in other countries. Occupy New York protestors were removed in November of last year whilst Occupy London protestors were evicted in June. You can check out photos of the Occupy Hong Kong removal at the Wall Street Journal.
Do you think that the Occupy Movement is dying down worldwide?