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Occupy Hong Kong Protesters Stay Put Week After Court’s Deadline

Occupy Central protesters in Hong Kong remained at the ground floor plaza of HSBC Holdings Plc’s Asian headquarters yesterday, almost a week after a court deadline ordering them to leave the site passed.

More than a dozen people sat on couches and chairs surrounded by bookshelves, tents and wooden boards, one pinned with a sign that said “here to stay.” They were outnumbered by hundreds of foreign domestic helpers gathered in the area on their day off.

The demonstrators were ordered to leave the area by 9 p.m. on Aug. 27 by Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance last month. The city will assign a bailiff to execute the order, Master R. Lai said on Aug. 13.

Riya Mahbu, a 48-year-old former teacher originally from Spain, said she hadn’t witnessed any attempt by authorities to evict the protestors. Mahbu said she had regularly visited the demonstrators over the past four months.

The Occupy Central protest in Hong Kong, one of the longest-running demonstrations sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement, numbered about 50 at the peak. Activists in New York were evicted in November and in London in June.

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