Umbrella Revolution

On the evening of 28th Sept, 2014, I recall jumping off the bus and being handed a face mask by a student to protect myself from tear gas while thousands of youth were organising themselves to block the streets surrounding govt offices around Admiralty, Hong Kong. Being an outsider to the situation, I was captured by how the students had mobilized themselves and could clearly see how this was part of a larger movement that was planned.

The protests officially lasted for 79 days during which the students camped at the major districts of Hong Kong and faced oppression from the police, the administration, pro Beijing groups and even the triad until they were moved out. The movement served as a political awakening for a new generation of youth who continue to demand for more autonomy from the mainland. I took to citizen journalism and filed photos from my regular visits to the camp sites with CNN (Cable News Network). Some photos here are from the annual protest rally of July 1st.

  • 28th Jul 2014. Outbreak of pro democracy protests, at Admiralty, Hong Kong.

  • Joshua Wong (wearing black) was one of the leaders of the 2014 Occupy Movement. In August 2017, he was jailed for six months for storming the government ­headquarters compound at ­Tamar, Admiralty, which sparked the 79-day protest.

  • Hennessy road

  • Causeway Bay

  • Mong Kok

  • Lenon Wall, Admiralty

  • Students took turns in garbage collection daily making the citizen movement a clean affair.

  • Weekday afternoon at Causeway bay

  • Students continuing with school work on the highway at Admiralty


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