What started as a large demonstration to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy in the 2017 election for “Chief Executive” of the city, their numbers have multiplied since the Hong Kong government decided to use force against that initial protesters. Armed with tear gas, the riot police tried dispersing the crowds to no avail. The protesters, mostly students and of the younger generation, were emboldened by the the actions of their authorities. Though donning goggles and plastic wrap are just as likely protection against the tear gas, the protest’s defiance has been symbolized by the thousands of colorful umbrellas they’ve used as shields.
I love that such an regular item, one that is used by the rich and poor alike, is used to represent the powerful struggle as well as the weak defense (relative to the guns, tanks of the powers that be) of the people. Here are some very emotionally powerful (and colorful) photos from the Hong Kong protests:
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