HK Protests Dwindle

HK Protests DwindleHK Protests Dwindle

Hong Kong protesters were thin on the ground on Monday ahead of a possible mid-week clearance of the main camp site straddling downtown arteries, testing the patience of residents and commuters for more than two months, Reuters reported.

The protesters are demanding a free vote for the leader of Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Under a “one country, two systems” formula, Hong Kong has some autonomy from the Communist Party-ruled mainland and a promise of eventual universal suffrage. Beijing has allowed a vote in the next election in 2017, but insists on screening any candidates first.

Around 100 protesters were milling around Admiralty on Monday. Most of the tents were empty with tourists taking photographs of the artwork and posters hung up around the site.

Some radical groups are expected to try to hold their ground.