Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest

Collection with 14 media items created by Gordon Arthur

27 Sep 2014 22:00

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

There has long been simmering discontent within Hong Kong regarding the granting of universal suffrage when voting for the chief executive in the upcoming 2017 elections. When Beijing handed down a decision that effectively restricted candidates to those of China’s choosing, the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong promised to fulfil its threat of widespread demonstrations led by a movement known as Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

University students led the way with protests in the government headquarters in late September. This prompted Occupy Central organisers to bring forward their anticipated protests in the Central district. On 28 September thousands gathered near the government headquarters to express their dissatisfaction with Beijing’s arrangements and the Hong Kong’s government’s failure to respond to concerns.

The protesters were remarkable peaceful, but were antagonised by police firing pepper spray into one section of the crowd. Protesters had donned goggles, face masks and raincoats, and armed with umbrellas, protesters were prepared to resist police efforts to disperse the crowds. However, when the police started firing teargas into the crowd, this evoked outrage and shock among many. In fact, the action had the opposite action because it drew out more people to protest against the use of police force.

The protests have remained remarkably peaceful. Protesters have remained ‘camped’ in several areas of Hong Kong to blockade traffic. Many were also seen picking up rubbish and even separating it for recycling! The protest movement, heavily populated with young people, knows it needs to maintain the moral upper ground by not provoking the police.

Crowds are expected to swell in central Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day on October 1.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 02
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Police officers man a line near government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 04
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Protesters hold umbrellas in Spartan formation, preparing for a wave of pepper spray. The umbrellas they use to obstruct the harsh spray have led to the Twitter hashtag #UmbrellaRevolution.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 06
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Police fire pepper spray at a group of protesters brandishing umbrellas.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 05
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Police equipped with gas masks and riot control gear man the fences.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 07
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Police fire teargas at protesters.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 08
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Protesters are dispersed as police fire off a first round of tear gas canisters.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 09
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Police warn protesters to clear the streets.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 10
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Photographers hold their positions to capture the first tear gas volley on camera.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 11
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
28 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

A police officer and protester argue on the streets of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 12
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014

A protester argues with police after they took action to disperse the crowds and fired teargas.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 13
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
28 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014.

The thin blue line. Police wait in vain for Hong Kong citizens to disperse.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 14
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
27 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Crowds continue to flood Admiralty, a sector of Hong Kong's business district, even after teargas has been fired.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protest 01
Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
28 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Protesters move barriers at the start of their demonstrations in central Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong
By Gordon Arthur
28 Sep 2014

Hong Kong,
Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Police in gas masks maintain a cordon near the government offices.