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In pictures: The end of Hong Kong's Mong Kok protest camp?

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong entered a new phase this week as police took assertive action to clear protests camps in the Mong Kok district.

Student groups are fighting to keep up momentum as the movement enters its third month, with little to show in terms of concessions from the government and with key protest leaders arrested and banned from the area under bail conditions.

The BBC takes a look at this week's events to remove the major Mong Kok protest site.

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Nathan Road in Mong Kong was, until this week, one of three major areas that the protesters had occupied, with tents and barricades completely blocking traffic and disrupting businesses in the area for two months.

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The Mong Kok site has been the most volatile of the camps, with members of the community regularly complaining about the disruption and scuffles breaking out between protesters, opponents and police.

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On Tuesday, workers moved in to clear barricades on Argyle Road after an injunction was granted by the court to a local company. They were backed by police and protesters were told to clear the area and not to interfere.

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Later that day, police moved in after what they said was obstructive behaviour by protesters.

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A spray solution was used to disperse the remaining crowd and dozens were arrested.

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On Wednesday, workers and police moved to clear Nathan Road on court orders following a separate injunction by a local transport company. They tore down barricades and tents and removed the campsite objects in lorries.

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Protesters watched, wearing face masks and helmets in case police again used force. Attempts by protesters to retake the site were quashed by police.

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Nathan Road is now open again, and traffic is back to normal after cleaners removed the last remnants of the major protest camp.

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Student leader, Joshua Wong, was one of those arrested at the site. Out on bail, he spoke to reporters about what he says was excessive use of force by police and vowed the protests would continue, but that they would not try to retake Mong Kok.

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