02. HK Umbrella Revolution



The Hong Kong (HK) Umbrella Movement occurred between September 26 to December 15, 2014.

The historical background goes back to 1841 where Hong Kong was occupied as a British colony. In 1984, an agreement between Britain and China which resulted in HK returning back to China in 1997. Protest occurred after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress proposed reforms to the HK electoral system. This decision was seen as the Chinese Communist Party imposing on HK's pro-democratic policies. The number of protestors peaked to 100,000 blocking high density areas such as Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Mong Kok. The movement was lead heavily by students in an attempt for a peaceful protest.

The protest ended after 3 months - the last of the occupation taking place in Causeway Bay. Within 30 minutes the police pulled the remaining tents and debris blocking the road.