Pro-democracy in Hong Kong, a gallery on Flickr.

"Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day."

“Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend, but by Tuesday evening they had almost completely withdrawn from the downtown Admiralty district except for an area around the government headquarters.” - Reuters/Yahoo News

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Photos by Anson ·, Keith Mulcahy, Ma Michael, and laurelchor.


Protest leaders and Hong Kong government refuse to budge

Pro-democracy protest leaders in Hong Kong and the region’s government refused to budge as a critical day approached for the mass demonstrations.

Tens of thousands packed the city’s downtown areas for a third night on Tuesday, chanting “We love Hong Kong” and giving new meaning to the nickname “umbrella revolution” as they stood through a thunderstorm. Previously they used them to ward off teargas and shelter from the sun.

Organisers warned they would step up their actions if the region’s chief executive did not meet them by midnight on Tuesday.

Wednesday is China’s National Day – which celebrates the foundation of the people’s republic by the Communist party – and a public holiday, meaning more people will be free to protest. A spokesperson for the student group Scholarism said members would try to attend the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia square in the morning, but would not chant slogans or seek conflict if they were allowed in.

The Guardian


Umbrella Movement , Occupy Central
Im so proud to be one of the Hong Kong people
Not only adults but students come out to protest peacefully
Tear gas, pepper spray, rainstorm wont stop us and our heart
Im so proud too to be in one of them, to be titles the most polite protester in the world
We clean the road, we clear away the rubbish, we gave out free foods and drinks to one another
And not even a single store is damage

Hereby I call on the world to raise the awareness, we are fighting for democracy, for freedom




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Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people’s student loan debt | CNN

After forgiving millions of dollars in medical debt, Occupy Wall Street is tackling a new beast: student loans.

Marking the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the group’s Strike Debt initiative announced Wednesday it has abolished $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt since January. It said it has been buying the debts for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then simply forgiving that money rather than trying to collect it.

In total, the group spent a little more than $100,000 to purchase the $3.8 million in debt.

While the group is unable to purchase the majority of the country’s $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt because it is backed by the federal government, private student debt is fair game.

This debt Occupy bought belonged to 2,700 people who had taken out private student loans to attend Everest College, which is run byCorinthian Colleges. Occupy zeroed in on Everest because Corinthian Colleges is one of the country’s largest for-profit education companies and has been in serious legal hot water lately.

Following a number of federal investigations, the college told investors this summer that it plans to sell or close its 107 campuses due to financial problems — potentially leaving its 74,000 students in a lurch.

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Peaceful student protesters in Hong Kong are being tear gassed and pepper sprayed. They are protesting pro-democracy rights and simply want they’re voices to be heard. 

You can read all about the situation here 

Too many times peaceful protesters have been victims of police brutality in an attempt to silence them. This needs to stop before some even more serious damage can be done and by that I mean the loss of lives. 

Pictures via BBC World News 

Some people have begun to fear that the campaign’s direction will become blurry and hence asked me what is our next step. Please allow me to briefly recap the three major goals … to oust CY Leung, to fight for civic nomination and to make [Beijing] withdraw its decision.
—  Joshua Wong, the high profile leader of Scholarism, wrote on Twitter

Police often provoke protest violence, UC researchers find

Violent protests can often be unintentionally provoked by aggressive law enforcement tactics like approaching demonstrators in riot gear or the use of military-style formations, according to a team of researchers at UC Berkeley.

"Everything starts to turn bad when you see a police officer come out of an SUV and he’s carrying an AR-15," said Nick Adams, a sociologist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Data Science who leads the Deciding Force Project. "It just upsets the crowd."

The researchers found that some law enforcement agencies are taking less provocative measures to calm the crowd.

During the Occupy protests, for example, police in some cities deployed officers in small clusters rather than in skirmish lines. Such cities tended to see fewer clashes between demonstrators and police, the researchers said.

"When it’s two or three officers, protesters don’t get intimidated," Adams said. "They may even talk with the police."

Read more about steps some law enforcement agencies are taking to reduce protest violence