Passionate, student-led protests for democratic reforms over the past week in Hong Kong have subsided Monday as many residents returned to work.

But a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure on the government until officials show they are sincere in responding to their demands.

Schools reopened and civil servants returned to work Monday morning after protesters cleared the area outside the city's government headquarters.

About 25 protesters, mostly students, refused to budge from the site, and some say they plan to stay for as long as they can. Another couple hundred protesters remained in the Mong Kok area where some scuffles broke out over the weekend.

Parts of a main thoroughfare through the heart of the business district remained closed.