On Monday (25 June) HSBC revealed that they have launched legal action in their battle to evict occupy protesters from their Hong Kong headquarters.
The so-called "Occupy Central" group set up tents in the public passageway on the ground floor of the HSBC building in October, where they have remained for eight months.
The banking giant said it applied to the city's High Court last Friday for an eviction order, after previous attempts to ask the small group of protesters to leave failed. The case will revolve around the ownership of the passageway, which protesters insist is public, and HSBC maintain belongs to them.
Between 15-20 tents remain at the site in Hong Kong, and protesters have vowed to stay in the passageway despite the legal action.
If the court decides in favour of HSBC, a bailiff will be appointed to clear the site, as has been the case at other 'occupations' worldwide including in London and New York.
AFP have reported that economic inequality in Hong Kong is worsening. The wealth gap in Hong Kong is currently at the same level as Thailand, higher than in mainland China, Singapore and Vietnam.