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Umbrella Revolution

Hong Kong fell silent on the evening of September 27, 2014. Incredulous and uneasy the streets of the city cleared, the roads outside the government's headquarters in Admiralty were empty, littered with discarded clothing, papers and glasses. 

The Hong Kong police has deployed tear gas on the now dispersed crowd, as a group of students gathered to march on the advent of China's National Day, propagating the ideals of democracy and self-determination, demanding the open and free nominations of Hong Kong's next chief executive and challenging its inevitable engulfment by China in 2047. 

The late September party junks docked, with their fill of gweilos and locals alike. The morning approached with trepidation. 

On September 28, 800,000 protestors responded, filling the causeways and intersections of Hong Kong's Admiralty and later parts of Causeway Bay and Kowloon. 

Isabella Cheung, 18, stood atop the concrete crash barriers embedded within Connaught Road, Hong Kong Island's main vehicular thoroughfare, now disabled by unprecedented footfall and barriers of bamboo, wire and plastic. 

The occupation lasted 65 days. 

Select images only. This series has been exhibited internationally, and was awarded third prize in the 2015 International Photography Awards, social cause category. 

 

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