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Occupy protesters ordered to leave

Hong Kong's Occupy movement needs to find a new home after HSBC won a legal move to clear out anti-capitalist protesters from a public space below the bank's headquarters.

A judge ruled that the activists must leave by 9pm on August 27. About a dozen Occupy activists live in the large open space on the ground floor of the striking, Norman Foster-designed building, one of Hong Kong's most recognisable landmarks.

Numbers have dwindled from more than 200 at the height of the movement, which began on Wall Street in October and spread internationally.

The activists are protesting against widening inequality and other forms of economic injustice. They have made themselves at home by setting up tents, tables, sofas and chairs, bookcases, lamps and gas cookers at the camp.

While HSBC owns the land, it is legally designated as a public passageway. The judge ruled that the activists' use of the space goes beyond the land's designated use.

Mui Kai-ming, one of four defendants named in HSBC's lawsuit, said he would "absolutely" not leave. Other activists plan to hold a meeting to decide whether to stay or leave.

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