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Workers begin removal of some barricades at Hong Kong student protest site after court order

  • Pro-democracy protesters remove barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Pro-democracy protesters remove barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pro-democracy protester removes barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A pro-democracy protester removes barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Workers in Hong Kong on Tuesday started clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pro-democracy protester removes barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A pro-democracy protester removes barricades from an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted a restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

Workers in Hong Kong have started clearing away barricades at part of one student protest site.

The removal comes after a Hong Kong court granted restraining order against the protesters last week requiring them to clear the area in front of a tower in the central part of Hong Kong as well a separate order against a second protest site Mong Kok brought by taxi and minibus operators.

The workers could be seen cutting plastic ties holding the barricades together. Students, who have been protesting for greater democracy in the former British colony, did not resist.

The protesters oppose Beijing's decision that a panel will screen candidates for the inaugural 2017 election for Hong Kong's top official. Chinese authorities have declared the gatherings illegal.