They tried to force them out with tear gas. They tried to scare them out with talk of 'dire consequences'. Now Hong Kong's police have quietly moved in to strip away barricades.
The main protest site in Hong Kong occupies a large inner-city motorway as well as side streets, bridges and squares and it has been turned into an extraordinary, open-air art gallery.
Will demonstrators return to work or stay out to prolong their protest? As China stiffens its tone, Hong Kong's chief executive mulls a momentous decision.
Thousands of rival protesters face off in Hong Kong resulting in 19 arrests, prompting fears that the unrest could take a violent turn.
I am standing next to a hundred or so student protestors who look very young and very scared. Just 15 metres or so away are hundreds of angry people shaking their fists and screaming at them.
The underlining concern here is that a rapid escalation of the protests may provoke the authorities - and in particular the Chinese government - into using force against the demonstrators.
Hong Kong's police force fired tear gas and pepper spray at demonstrators on Sunday. But officers have now withdrawn from the city centre, in a move that has disconcerted protesters.
A new report links the development of the IS support network in Indonesia to the teachings and online "study sessions" organised by the banned British extremist group Al Muhajiroun.
Does the name Jean Chrétien sound familiar? Perhaps it should. It certainly is to the Westminster politicians who sought his advice as they fought to keep Scotland a part of the union.
After insensitive comments by Thailand's PM about the deaths of two Britons, the Thai government expresses regret and insists the safety of foreigners is of "highest priority".
Two British brothers who left the Thai island of Koh Tao where police are investigating the brutal murders of two British backpackers are stopped by police before boarding a London bound flight.
Police investigating the deaths of two young Britons, whose bodies were found on a beach on Thailand's Koh Tao island, are focusing their inquiries on the Burmese migrant community.
As a rule, the UK does not take much notice of Canada - so it comes as a pleasant surprise that for once, thanks to the Scottish referendum, recent Canadian history is now being discussed.
Life has never been so good for retirees in China. They have time, money and no shortage of people to socialize with and the number one activity is dancing.
Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri want a "popular coup" against Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif. But their experiment in democracy has encountered several basic glitches.