Hong Kong demonstrators began packing up their tents and belongings in the main camp site near government headquarters Thursday, marking the end of the occupation chapter of the city's historic pro-democracy protests.
Police cordoned off the protest area, warning that protesters who refused to leave the site would be arrested. More than 7,000 specially trained police officers have reportedly been deployed for the mass clearance.
The mood on the ground was a mixture of defeat and determination as workers, watched by the police, began dismantling barricades.
Despite the looming deadline, Alex Chow, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, was determined to stand his ground as police clear the site.
"There will be a group of people resisting till the [end]. The reason we still choose to stay here when the police start their clearance, is we would like to demonstrate the whole spirit is based on civil disobedience," Chow told CNBC.