Hong Kong Police Clear Protest Site; Ban Leader

HONG KONG (AP) -
Police officers clear metal barricades, while others (not shown) tear down protesters' tents and canopies and carry away other obstructions in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Police officers clear metal barricades, while others (not shown) tear down protesters’ tents and canopies and carry away other obstructions in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Thursday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Prominent Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong, center, walks out from a court with his lawyer in Hong Kong Thursday, Nov. 27.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Prominent Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong, center, walks out from a court with his lawyer in Hong Kong Thursday, Nov. 27. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

AHong Kongcourt on Thursday banned a high-profile student leader from going near a recently cleared protest site, constraining the pro-democracy movement as it enters a third month.

Joshua Wong, an 18-year-old who has become the most prominent ofHong Kong’s protest leaders, was also given bail and his case adjourned until January 14.

Police and court officers moved swiftly to shut down the camp on a busy road, arresting more than 150 people during the operation and in ensuing scuffles on surrounding streets. The site had been one of three across the city occupied by protesters demanding greater democratic reforms than those allowed by Beijing.

Wong, head of the Scholarism group, was arrested along with another popular leader, Lester Shum, second-in-command of theHong Kong Federation of Students, and pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung. They also faced the same conditions.

The student groups are fighting to maintain momentum as the protests have little to show for their efforts while the government waits it out and police step up aggressive tactics.