Hong Kong protesters set up camp in Admiralty

The Admiralty section of Hong Kong's central business district has become a camp for protesters, with tents filling the area one day after the number of demonstrators surged.
By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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HONG KONG, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong transformed a section of the central business district into a camp with blocks of tents.

The Admiralty area was filled with tents Saturday morning, with demonstrators setting up camp among structures including a library, a tutoring area offering regular classes, supply shelters, showering tents and medical facilities one day after thousands of protesters took to the streets in response to Hong Kong officials calling off talks with pro-democracy leaders.

Organizers of the demonstration estimated the number of protesters Friday at 100,000. There were no official estimates from police.

"We urge Hong Kong citizens to take their tents and camp out at Admiralty," Joshua Wong, 17, a leader of the student protesters, announced Thursday.

The protests, which call on Hong Kong to hold free elections, began Sept. 26 with mostly students and young professionals taking to the streets, but many older supporters joined the demonstrations Friday after officials called off talks with protest leaders.

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