Protests began on Sept. 26, when students took over government headquarters in central Hong Kong. The demonstrations drew up to 100,000 people. For all the support the protesters received internationally, locally they were criticized by those who seemed sick of the inconvenience. Last month, polls showed two-thirds of city residents wanted the protesters to clear the roads.
“I’ve never seen anything take such a toll on business,” one business owner complained to the South China Morning Post. “At least we could sell disinfectant during the SARS outbreak” a decade ago.
About 1,000 people were arrested in Occupy Central’s 11 weeks. Police said an investigation of those involved would be completed within three months.
“I don’t think it’s a failure. This is not the end,” protester K.T. Tang, a legal executive, told Reuters. “I hope the next time when we gather in the streets, we will be celebrating, instead of shedding tears for achieving nothing.”