A Hong Kong court on Monday approved the eviction of protesters camped outside the HSBC bank headquarters, in a major blow to one of the last outposts of the "Occupy" movement in Asia.
"The defendants can't provide sufficient reason to continue to live on the property so the court has decided to allow the plaintiff to take back the property," magistrate Reuden Lai said.
The camp sprouted up at the HSBC tower in central Hong Kong 10 months ago, weeks after thousands of people pitched tents in New York's Zuccotti Park demanding an overhaul of the rules of global capitalism.
Similar camps sprang up in dozens of countries worldwide, but most have petered out since police forcibly dismantled the New York tent city in November last year.
HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, brought its case against the "occupiers of the ground floor" of its downtown office tower, along with three individuals it identified as the ringleaders of the protest.
The court gave the protesters 14 days to leave the property.