‘Umbrella Revolutionaries’ Sweep Riot Police From Hong Kong Streets | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Despite deployment of increasingly harsh tactics over the weekend aimed at forcing pro-democracy protesters off the streets of Hong Kong, by Monday it was police units forced into retreat while the number of those backing democratic reforms and promising to hold ‘central’ areas of the city appear to be growing.

Initially organized under a call to ‘Occupy Central with Peace and Love,’ the growing protest movement in Hong Kong has now also been dubbed ‘the Umbrella Revolution’ following images of protesters using their umbrellas to shield themselves from volleys of tear gas shot by riot police over the weekend. Angered by efforts by the Chinese government to bring the once autonomous region more strictly under its control, those resisting the Communist Party’s anti-democratic policies have called for greater independence and the right to vote for representation in Hong Kong without interference from Beijing.

via ‘Umbrella Revolutionaries’ Sweep Riot Police From Hong Kong Streets | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

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