Hong Kong Remembers The Umbrella Movement A Year On

September 29, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (29-September-2015): One year after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters used umbrellas to stave off pepper spray and tear gas in clashes with riot police, some 1,000 people rallied outside government headquarters in the semiautonomous city to mark the anniversary of last year’s 79-day Umbrella Movement.

The Occupy Central civil disobedience movement drew hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of the former British colony at its height, although it failed to secure fully democratic elections in the face of a decree from China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC).

One Year On, Hong Kong Remembers The Umbrella Movement

Protesters, who converged on central government offices holding the now-iconic yellow umbrellas to mark the firing of the first tear gas canister a year ago, were vastly outnumbered by police.

Some held aloft placards showing the city’s leader, the deeply unpopular chief executive Leung Chun-ying, as the devil, while others traded insults with small groups of pro-Beijing protesters on the sidelines.

“In the 79 days of the Occupy Central movement of 2014, we saw the power of the Umbrella Movement, and we saw the unity of the Hong Kong people in their continuing fight for democracy,” Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai told reporters.

“The next time the central government refuses to allow genuine democracy for Hong Kong people, I’m sure they will come out onto the streets again,” he said.