Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement

  • A pro-democracy protester walks through Lung Wo road tunnel after clashes with police on Dec. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week.
  • A police officer shouts at a pro-democracy protester after he is pushed to the ground during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2014. Hong Kong police baton-charged and pepper-sprayed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the early hours of Monday who were trying to encircle government headquarters, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of protests.
  • Police clash with pro-democracy protesters as they drive protesters off Lung Wo Road outside Central Government Complex on Dec. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week.
  • Pro-democracy protesters make gustures to the police on an escalator (not pictured) outside Central Government Complex on Dec. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week.
  • A protester is arrested by police officers outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after camping out on the city’s streets for more than two months.
  • A police officer shouts to protesters as they dispersed them outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after camping out on the city’s streets for more than two months.
  • Police officers disperse protesters outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after camping out on the city’s streets for more than two months.
  • Pro-democracy protesters with protective gear stare at police officers in the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong before dawn on Nov. 29, 2014, as they attempt to reoccupy a main street in the area.
  • A policeman shouts at a detained protester during a confrontation at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, early Nov. 29, 2014. Police are clearing one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks. The streets of Mong Kok have been a key battleground for protesters and mobs intent on disbanding them, and was viewed as the protest site most likely to resist clearance.
  • A protester is detained by policemen during a confrontation at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing’s control.
  • Policemen (top) urge pro-democracy protesters (bottom) to leave the main Nathan Road where protesters have been occupying for weeks at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong police dismantled barricades, pulled down tents and cleared protesters from a demonstration site in the crowded Mong Kok district on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said.
  • Police demolish a barricade set up by pro-democracy protesters at a protest site on the main Nathan Road at Mongkok district in Hong Kong, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong police dismantled barricades, pulled down tents and cleared protesters from a demonstration site in the crowded Mong Kok district on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said.
  • Pro-democracy protesters join hands as they prepare to charge police lines on a street in Mong Kok on Oct. 19, 2014 in Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro democracy supporters following weeks of protests. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has set talks for October 21 between protest groups and government officials. 
  • Pro-democracy protesters watch police after reclaiming streets in Mong Kok after police attempted to clear the area on Oct. 18, 2014 in Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro democracy supporters following weeks of protests. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying today called for talks to resume between protest groups and government officials and said his government is ready to meet with student leaders to discuss ‘universal suffrage’ 
  • A pro-demoracy protester makes repairs at a barricade in Hong Kong on Oct. 16, 2014. Hong Kong’s embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies.
  • HONG KONG - OCTOBER 16: A woman looks at pro-democracy notes stuck to a stairwell outside Hong Kong’s Government complex on Oct. 16, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro-democracy supporters following weeks of protests. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying today called for talks to resume between protest groups and government officials and said his government is ready to meet with student leaders to discuss ‘universal suffrage’.
  • A man looks at his mobile phone screen as he stands at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 16, 2014. Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but anger over police violence and continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.
  • Pro-democracy protesters block a street at the entrance of police headquarters at Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday police involved in the beating of a pro-democracy protester would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public. Alan Leong, leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Civic Party, identified the person in the video as Ken Tsang Kin-chiu and said he was a member of the party.
  • An Occupy Central protester, center, is escorted by police officers to a hospital to examine his injury during a clash between protesters and police in an occupied area near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014.
  • A pro-democracy protester cries as he holds a placard with photos of Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a hospitalized protester, during a rally in front of the police headquarters of Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday police involved in the beating of Tsang would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public. Alan Leong, leader of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Civic Party, identified the person in the video as Tsang and said he was a member of the party. 
  • Pro-democracy protesters block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police used pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday to clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs, heightening tensions in the financial hub.
  • A protester leans over barricades after scuffling with police as they were trying to remove barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in Central district in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong police removed some barricades on Tuesday from the edge of pro-democracy protest zones that have choked off roads for weeks, the second straight day they have taken such action and signaling their growing impatience with the student-led demonstrators.
  • A police officer yells at protesters to move away from the road as they try to block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police used pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday to clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs, heightening tensions in the financial hub.
  • Hong Kong police stand in line with riot shields after removing barricades set up by pro-democracy protesters from the Occupy Central movement in the Central District of Hong Kong, China, Oct. 14, 2014. Police cut down bamboo barricades with chainsaws in Hong Kong’s business district on 14 October to clear a route for traffic, as hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators continued a third week of protests in the Chinese territory. Hundreds of protesters remained at three main sites in the city after sleeping in tents overnight, but did not resist the police action. Dozens sat on a main road near the headquarters of some major banks after police issued a warning that they may make arrests. Police finished clearing a path for traffic on the main Queensway thoroughfare by mid-morning but left tents and some barricades at the protest area outside government headquarters. 
  • A drawing of a man with an umbrella after the police removed barricades on Hennessy Road in former ‘Occupy Central’ camp in Causeway Bay on Oct. 14, 2014 in Hong Kong. At 6 AM on Oct. 14, police surrounded the pro-democracy ‘Occupy Central’ camp in Causeway Bay preventing protesters to do anything while other police officers removed barricades and re-opened street lanes for traffic. A third week of civil disobedience movements continues in response to China’s decision to allow only Beijing-vetted candidates to stand in the city’s 2017 election for the top civil position of chief executive. Protestors are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
  • Police retreat after confronting pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Oct. 14, 2014. China’s ruling Communist Party believes it has offered enough concessions to Hong Kong in the past, and will give no ground to pro-democracy protests because it wants to avoid setting a precedent for reform on the mainland, sources told Reuters.
  • Pro-democracy protesters sit facing policemen as the block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 14, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws on Tuesday to tear down barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the financial center, reopening a major road for the first time in two weeks. 
  • Policemen stand guard on a blocked road behind an installation of paper umbrellas, considered a symbol of the Occupy Central movement, at the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong, Oct. 14, 2014. Hong Kong police reopened one of the city’s main thoroughfares to traffic on Tuesday after clearing barricades erected by democracy protesters who have occupied streets in the heart of the Chinese-ruled city for two weeks. 
  • Police forces (back) stand guard next to a cordon as pro-democracy protestors sit to maintain their occupied area in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 14, 2014. Police armed with bolt cutters, chainsaws and sledgehammers made a renewed attempt to remove barricades along a stretch of the main protest site held by pro-democracy demonstrators for the past fortnight.
  • Police forces keep vigil as they cordon a street during the removal operations of pro-democracy barricades in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong at dawn on Oct. 14, 2014. Police armed with bolt cutters, chainsaws and sledgehammers made a renewed attempt to remove barricades along a stretch of the main protest site held by pro-democracy demonstrators for the past fortnight. 
  • A pro-democracy protester sits in front of barricades in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 14, 2014. Dozens of police removed barricades from a second Hong Kong protest site, a day after a similar attempt at the city’s main occupied area largely backfired as demonstrators rebuilt and reinforced their defences.
  • Pro-democracy protesters build a massive bamboo scaffolding barricade after the Hong Kong police vowed to remove any further barricades that were set up within the Occupy Central movement in the Central District of Hong Kong, China, Oct. 13, 2014. The demonstrators are calling for open elections for the city’s next chief executive in 2017, rejecting a ruling from Beijing that candidates must be approved by a government-backed election committee. They have also demanded Hong Kong leader Leung’s resignation.
  • People walk on a vehicle passageway after pro-democracy protesters have blocked the traffic from going through at the financial Central district in Hong Kong early Oct. 11, 2014. Thousands of protesters regrouped in central Hong Kong on Friday to push their call for democracy, a day after the government called off talks with students amid a two-week standoff that has shaken communist China’s capitalist hub.
  • Pictures showing how to protect against teargas are seen on a tent in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Oct. 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. 
  • A makeshift barricade is seen blocking a road into the pro-democracy protest site on Oct. 7, 2014 in Hong Kong. With many protesters returning to work and school, supporter numbers have dwindled leaving a small number defying the governments request to leave the area. Student leaders and government officials agreed today to hold talks to end the two week protests. 
  • Protesters support a canopy after heavy rain at an intersection on a main road occupied by protesters in the Mong Kok area in Hong Kong, early Oct. 7, 2014. The students whose calls for democratic reforms sparked the most dramatic challenge to authorities since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control are vowing to keep up the fight. But as the numbers of protesters dwindled Monday from tens of thousands into the hundreds, it was unclear where the tumult of the past week would lead.
  • In the reflection of a window, pedestrians are seen walking through a group of pro-democracy protesters gathered in the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong, Oct. 6, 2014. As protests dwindled and life in Hong Kong increasingly returned to its frenetic routine on Monday, leaders of the movement said they had moved the needle, however slightly, toward the possibility of a more democratic future for Hong Kong. 
  • Joshua Wong, 17-year old student leader stands among student pro-democracy protesters on the streets near government headquarters, Oct. 6, 2014, in Hong Kong.
  • Protesters, including one holding a “Captain America” shield, gather at Hong Kong’s Mongkok district on Oct. 6, 2014.
  • People walk near a blocked area outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Oct. 6, 2014.
  • A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a roadside in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong, Oct. 6, 2014. Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled.
  • Protesters install a statue with a yellow umbrella as other demonstrators block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Oct. 5, 2014. 
  • Pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a night rally in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2014.
  • A student protester walks past umbrellas with words of support written on them at the pro-democracy protest site near government headquarters, Oct. 4, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Policemen stand between a man and pro-democracy protesters (unseen) defending a barricade in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2014.
  • A pro-democracy protester cries after a scuffle with anti-Occupy Central protesters as they try to remove a barricade at a main street at Hong Kong’s Mongkok shopping district Oct. 4, 2014.
  • An Anti-Occupy Central protester (C) is pulled by pro-democracy protesters on day seven of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Oct. 4, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters try to stop a barricade at their demonstration area from being removed in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Oct. 3, 2014. 
  • People watch as police supervise the loading of barricade fences from a pro-democracy protest area onto a truck in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Oct. 3, 2014.
  • Protesters block a major road as a group sat outside the legislative government complex as the standoff continues on Oct. 3, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Pro-democracy activists are pushed through the crowd to safety after clashing with local residents and pro-government supporters on Oct. 3, 2014 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
  • Police try to hold back pro-democracy student protesters during a scuffle as an ambulance tries to leave the compound of the chief executive office in Hong Kong, on Oct. 3, 2014. 
  • Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on Oct. 3, 2014.
  • Local police hold back residents and pro-Beijing supporters as they shout at pro-democracy activists in Kowloon’s crowded Mong Kok district, of Oct. 3, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Student protesters sit on the main road outside the government complex where Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s office is located, on Oct. 3, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • A protester looks at his smartphone as he relaxes outside the Hong Kong Government complex on Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Protesters turn on their mobile phone flashlights as they block an area outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators, some waving lights from mobile phones, fill the streets in the main finical district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory’s leader doesn’t resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.
  • A protester yells pro-democracy slogans on the street outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have set an Oct. 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
  • Joshua Wong, leader of the student movement, delivers a speech as protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong Oct. 1, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city’s pro-Beijing leader did not step down.
  • Protesters react as Joshua Wong, leader of the student movement, speaks to the crowd outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Oct. 1, 2014.
  • A man fans fellow protesters on the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Protesters sit with signs on their back as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protestors sleep in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Oct. 1, 2014. Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing on Oct. 1 at the city’s Golden Bauhinia Square as China’s National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.
  • A Civil Disobedience sign written on the street in chalk is seen on Oct. 1, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Sofia, 21, chants pro-democracy slogans on the streets on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong Sept. 30, 2014. 
  • Protesters stand in the rain as they block the areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Sept. 30, 2014. 
  • Protesters sing songs and wave their cell phones in the air after a massive thunderstorm passed over outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s Financial district. Protest leaders have set an Oct. 1st deadline for their demands to be met and are calling  for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. 
  • Pro-democracy demonstrators check their smart phones in the central district as they gather for the third night in Hong Kong on Sept. 30, 2014. The demonstrators have demanded full universal suffrage after Beijing said it would allow elections for the semi-autonomous city’s next leader in 2017 but would vet the candidates – a decision branded a “fake democracy”. 
  • A protester covers her mouth with tape that says “democracy” on the streets on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Protesters take shelter under umbrellas from heavy rain after a thunderstorm passed over outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Protesters sing songs and wave their cell phones in the air after a massive thunderstorm passed over outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Student protesters chant pro-democracy slogans on the streets on Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have handed the Chinese leadership a major political dilemma. Protesters who are demanding a greater say in choosing the financial center’€™s Chief Executive defied weekend attempts by riot police to end their sit-ins with tear gas blasts and on Monday fanned out to more neighborhoods of Hong Kong in a tense standoff. 
  • Protesters carry a defaced cutout of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as they protest near the central government offices in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong Sept. 29, 2014. 
  • A protester raises his arms as police officers try to disperse the crowd near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters sit on a road as they face-off with local police, on Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Pro-democracy protesters rest around empty buses as they block off Nathan Road, a major route through the heart of the Kowloon district of Hong Kong, on Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Police walk down a stairwell as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 29, 2014. 
  • Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest on Sept. 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. 
  • Protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Sept. 29, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters put their hands up in the air in front of the police in Hong Kong on Sept. 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese city for days.
  • Riot police stand guard outside of Hong Kong Government Building on Sept. 28, 2014 in Hong Kong.
  • A protester (C) raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters blocking the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 28, 2014.
  • A student protester is overcome by pepper spray from riot police as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city.
  • Riot police use pepper spray against protesters after thousands of people block a main road to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014.
  • Protesters clash with police during a demonstration at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 27, 2014. More than 100 protesters broke through the gates of Hong Kong’s government headquarters as a student demonstration against Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy turned angry.
  • Students gathers outside of Government House on Sept. 26, 2014 in Hong Kong to push the Chief Executive to acknowledge their grievances during what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against Beijing’s refusal to grant the city full universal suffrage.

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Thousands of protesters joined the budding pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong during a national holiday on Wednesday, promising to storm government buildings if the territory’s leader doesn’t resign by the end of Thursday.

“Leung Chun-ying must step down. If he doesn’t resign by tomorrow we will step up our actions, such as by occupying several important government buildings,” said Hong Kong Federation of Students Vice Secretary Lester Shum, according to the Associated Press. Protesters are mobilizing to demand freer elections for the territory.

Hong Kong’s authorities have been waiting out protesters since Sunday, when police attempted to suppress the movement with force and tear gas only to see the movement galvanize against the brutality as protesters shielded themselves with umbrellas, earning the nickname the “Umbrella Revolution.” 

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