Police pull down tents and haul off demonstrators at Hong Kong protest site

December 11, 2014 10:28 AM

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Police pull down tents and haul off demonstrators at Hong Kong protest site

Hong Kong (CNN) -- The main site of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was being taken apart piece by piece on Thursday, ushering in the end of an extraordinary occupation that deepened political fault lines over China's role in the city's government.

Down came the rows of colorful tents that had populated a stretch of highway running through the heart of the city's financial district. Down came the works of protest art that had sprung up during the occupation, including the movement's emblematic umbrella sculptures.

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