Protesters still standing after one month into the ‘Umbrella Movement’ in Hong Kong.
It has been a month since the mass pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Movement’ broke out in the streets of Hong Kong. In order to reinvigorate the movement, the organizers have planned to rally the one-month anniversary of the protests on October 28, 2014, where many supporters have pledged to bring the same clothes they wore on first day of the protests, as well as protective gear.
It was on September 28, 2014 that riot police shot 87 volleys of tear gas at peacefully gathered protestors near the city parliament. As an undeterred reaction, tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets demanding the right to choose candidates in the country’s leadership elections that will take place in 2017.
The gathered protestors at present commemorated the protests with an 87 second silence, each second for the tear gas cans that were fired into the crowds one month ago. Although, the number of protesters is thinning out, many are still striving to keep the momentum alive.
Despite ongoing protests, talks and criticisms, the Chinese government has showed no sign of changing its election policy that dictates that candidates for the city chief would be screened by a pro-Beijing committee.
The city’s authorities, which had resorted to heavy-handed tactics to get the protestors off the streets are currently holding back and waiting for the protests to lose steam.
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