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IN PICTURES: Beyond the barricades: Police clear the streets of Mong Kok

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 November, 2014, 8:10pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 November, 2014, 5:51pm
November 25, 2014: Police officers surround bailiffs as they clear barricades from the Mong Kok protest site. Clashes later broke out. Photo: Sam Tsang November 25, 2014: Police officers arrive to assist bailiffs by forming a line to prevent demonstrators from reoccupying the area. Photo: Sam Tsang November 25, 2014: Police officers threaten to use pepper spray. Photo: Sam Tsang November 25, 2014: Police arrest protesters at the Mong Kok clearance operation. Photo: Dickson Lee
November 25, 2014: Police arrest protesters during the Mong Kok clearance operation. Photo: Felix Wong
November 25, 2014: Police officers, wearing helmets and holding shields, continued to push the crowds further down Portland Street. Photo: Dickson Lee November 25, 2014: Protesters wear helmets and masks. Photo: Dickson Lee November 25, 2014: Police fire pepper spray solution at protesters. Photo: Sam Tsang
November 25, 2014: A man has water poured on his face after being pepper-sprayed by police. Photo: Sam Tsang
November 26, 2014: Police officers clash with protesters during clearance operation in Mong Kok early in the morning. Photo: Dickson Lee November 26, 2014: A protester is pushed to the ground by police. Photo: Dickson Lee November 26, 2014: Joshua Wong is carried away by police. Photo: SCMP Pictures November 26, 2014: Police officers dismantle tents on Nathan Road in Mong Kok. Photo: Sam Tsang November 26, 2014: Members of the taxi industry group (with red caps) try to clear barricades away in Mong Kok. Photo: Sam Tsang November 26, 2014: Traffic resumes along the recently cleared section of Nathan Road. Photo: Dickson Lee November 26, 2014: Pro-democracy protesters vowed to return to Mong Kok tonight after hundreds of police officers demolished barricades and reopened Nathan Road to traffic following weeks of occupation. Photo: Sam Tsang November 26, 2014: Clashes break out as protesters attempt to reoccupy Mong Kok. Photo: Felix Wong November 26, 2014: Some 200 protesters regroup in the area overnight, angered by removal tactics yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong November 26, 2014: Police and protesters become engaged in a heated verbal exchange. Photo: Sam Tsang November 27, 2014: Protesters begin staging a sit-in on Sai Yeung Choi Street South. Photo: Felix Wong November 27, 2014: A general view of the crossing of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Mong Kok after the clearance operation. Photo: Edward Wong November 27, 2014: Student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung is pelted with eggs outside court after he was banned from entering parts of Mong Kok as a condition of his bail. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

After almost 60 days of occupation, a court-ordered clearance operation finally began on Tuesday, starting with the removal of barricades and tents on Argyle Street. By Wednesday afternoon, traffic was again flowing through one of Mong Kok’s busiest intersections.

The first day descended into chaos as protesters, displaced from Argyle Street, spilled into Portland Street triggering a night of violent clashes with police across the district.

The second day of clearance operations on Nathan Road was more successful, with police taking over removal operations from bailiffs. They cleared through the camp in less than two hours, and opened up all previously occupied roads in Mong Kok.