In this photo by Kin Cheung, pro-democracy protesters sit at their tent outside Hong Kong government headquarters before authorities removed the camp that was the last vestige of the street protests that erupted last September. The Lands Department said it removed 27 tents and marquees Wednesday, the deadline for clearing out the camp. Tens of thousands of activists occupied downtown streets at the peak of the protests against a Beijing-backed election plan, and most of the last few protesters left after Hong Kong lawmakers rejected the election plan on June 18. The vote vindicated the activists, but Hong Kong and Beijing officials have said, regardless of the defeat, that election candidates still would be handpicked by a 1,200-member panel of local elites.
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