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Lei Yu Mun waterfront, with Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in the distance.

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Umbrella Revolution, the View From Mong Kok

Today I visited the protest site in Mong Kok, five minutes from my flat. There are now four main ‘occupied’ areas across the city and, compared to Admiralty, this site is on a slightly smaller scale. But the atmosphere was friendly, the abandoned buses looked slightly surreal and messages of support had been plastered everywhere. The focal point was a make-shift tent where people were invited to share their thoughts and messages of encouragement to the gathering crowds. Someone was even offering students help with their English homework. There wasn’t a policeman in sight…IMG_2140.JPG

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Occupy Central, from September 28th 2014

Hong Kong has made front page news around the world over the past few days. Tens of thousands have occupied vast swathes of the city, asking for the basic human right to free and unrestricted elections. The protestors have conducted themselves peacefully, sitting alone or in groups, chatting, singing, doing homework and picking up their rubbish. Here are a few photos, taken by me or by friends, of the scenes in Admiralty and Mong Kok since Monday.

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