Documenting The Umbrella Movement Afterdark – Hong Kong


  If you have read my last post – Inside the Occupied Zones of The Umbrella Movement, you’ll know I was planning on gathering some analog photos of the Umbrella Movement for you guys. Luckily, one of my other friends is currently visiting Hong Kong, (who would also like to remain anonymous), has been taking photos with his film camera of the ongoing demonstrations. Let’s look at the protest at night through the eyes of a street photographer, complete with English captions.

Quick Facts

  • For the complete story, please visit
  • The initial movement of “Occupy Central With Love and Peace” was caused by the Chinese central government’s decision on electoral reform regarding future Hong Kong Chief Executive and Legislative Council elections.
  • Police tactics (including the use of tear gas and pepper-spray) and violent attacks on demonstrators by anti-occupying opponents, allegedly including Triad members (Mobsters) and paid volunteers, triggered more citizens to join the protests by occupying streets of Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
  • It’s called The Umbrella Movement because the unarmed demonstrators used umbrellas and face masks to protect themselves against the police’s tear gas, pepper spray and batons.
  • College and high school students play a large part in the movement.
  • “689” is a nick name of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong given by the citizens, who is commonly known as C.Y. Leung, in reference to the number of votes he received in 2012 when he was elected, from the 1,200-member Election Committee.
  • Occupiers have been known to sing the “happy birthday song”, to ignore anyone who tries to pick a fight (sometimes literally) with them.
  • Sometimes there are more people at night, many people who hold regular jobs at day time joins the students at the occupied sites at night.

 Umbrella Movement – Afterdark

Round of applause for the street photographer, “Pedestrian B” please.
This is the final post in the series.

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