Occupy Central Demonstrators Clash with Hong Kong Authorities

Collection with 38 media items created by Miguel Candela

Hong Kong 07 Oct 2014 08:25

A new era of disobedience in Hong Kong started 4 days after a student strike was officially declared on September 22. On Friday 26, supporters of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement occupied government headquarters. Their discontent began when China refused to reconsider the existing Hong Kong electoral reform. Protesters began to demand that people to freely choose the city's next leader in 2017. Even though the upcoming election would allow Hong Kong citizens to vote for the first time, the current system restricts the number of candidates, who need to secure support from at least 50% of the 1,200 members on a nominating committee. Their numbers will be capped in any given race at two or three candidates. Hong Kong has enjoyed political autonomy and freedom since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a formula known as "one country, two systems." Chinese leaders agreed then that the chief executive would be chosen by "universal suffrage" in 2017 but Beijing has not kept its promises. The historical, unprecedented and massive occupations in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon want to put pressure on the government by limiting the city's capabilities and commerce. Seeking for "true" universal suffrage and democracy in a peaceful and organized manner, protesters barricaded themselves in key touristic and economic areas. Protestors conveniently armed themselves with umbrellas, which subsequently became the rallying symbol with the catchy name Umbrella Revolution, to deflect volleys of pepper spray by police and as protection in sunny and wet weather. An overwhelmed police force and government have shown their lack of experience in handling peaceful protestors when they resorted to what some are calling unnecessary force on September 28 when 87 cans of tear gas were fired. Many citizens are starting to question whether protestors can maintain their momentum and keep putting pressure on the government or if civil disobedience may backfire and cause waves of hatred between anti- and pro-Occupy movement citizens. Whatever the result may be after the demonstrations, a new era in Hong Kong may be on the horizon.

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By Miguel Candela
27 Sep 2014

Hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in overnight on a street in the financial district in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Oct 2014

Student protesters shine lights as they chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets of Hong Kong.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

A group of riot police tries to intimidate the protesters.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
27 Sep 2014

Kathy, a university student majoring in social work supports the Occupy Central.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

Protesters and police officers stand guard during clashes with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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By Miguel Candela
27 Sep 2014

Riot police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters outside government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

An Occupy Central supporter rests outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester uses plastic goggles to protect his eyes from the effects of pepper spray.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Pro-democracy protesters run for cover as police fired tear gas.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Police fire tear gas into a crowd of pro-democracy protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters.

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By Miguel Candela
05 Oct 2014

A man threatened to jump from a bridge over Harcourt Road, because his children were unable to attend school last week.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester builds a barricade to contain the area from police invasion.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Demonstrators use umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

A demonstrator puts his hand up as protesters face riot policemen.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

A protestor is tended to after clashing with riot police outside Hong Kong's government complex.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Occupy Central supporters show their discontent to the police.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
05 Oct 2014

A man threatened to jump from a bridge over Harcourt Road, because his children were unable to attend school last week.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester shouts in anger to riot police.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

A group of riot police confronts a protester.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Police officers confront pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

An Occupy Central supporter stands defiantly in front of police.

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By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

Police officers take a break from clashes with protesters.

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By Miguel Candela
29 Sep 2014

One of the busiest roads in Hong Kong during morning rush lies empty.

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By Miguel Candela
29 Sep 2014

Pro-democracy protesters take a rest after clashes with the police the previous night.

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By Miguel Candela
29 Sep 2014

Occupy Central supporters sleep in the road.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

Pro-Beijing supporters rally in Admiralty hours before the occupation movement begins their demonstration.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

A pro-Beijing family rallies in Admiralty hours before the occupation started.

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By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

Moments before anti-government protesters occupy the Legislative Counsel.

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By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

An overwhelmed police officer reacts after being surpassed by protesters minutes before the occupation consolidated its hold on Hong Kong's business district.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

A policeman tries to hold the pain after Occupy Central supporters invaded the Legislative Council.

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By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

An anti-government supporter cries after being arrested by police.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
27 Sep 2014

A protester is carried away by policewomen after storming into the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
27 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester tries to jump the fence to support the movement.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
28 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester wears a gas mask to protect herself against tear gas.

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By Miguel Candela
30 Sep 2014

Hong Kong's Mong Kok was the busiest urban district in the world during its occupation by pro-democracy protesters.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
30 Sep 2014

An anti-government protester put his arms up in a sign of peace.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Oct 2014

A foreigner supports the student movement in Hong Kong's Admiralty neighborhood.

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Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Oct 2014

Occupation areas are full of positive messages from pro-democracy supporters.