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Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest 'over' as last site cleared

[HONG KONG] Hong Kong's leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police Monday cleared the last remaining camp and arrested a handful of peaceful protesters.

"Following the completion of clearance work in Causeway Bay Occupy area, the episode of illegal occupation activities for more than two months is over," he said, adding that they had caused "serious loss" to the local economy and damaged the rule of law.