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Hong Kong - What Next? - 09 Oct 2014
Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Already leaders among students and the "Occupy" movement, as well as tacticians in the city's pro-democracy camp, say they are doubtful of an outcome that will pacify radical and moderate demonstrators, possibly paving the way for another crackdown.
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October 09, 2014
Francis Ng, 19, a lifeguard sub-contractor poses in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7,...
Hong Kong, China
Francis Ng poses in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong
Francis Ng, 19, a lifeguard sub-contractor poses in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. "We have a team of 30 to 40 volunteers ready for the rescue. During my shift in the past eight days I have treated seven." Ng said, "Life is more important than politics. I am neutral." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Messages of support for pro-democracy demonstrations are seen on a wall near the government headquarters...
Hong Kong, China
Messages of support for pro-democracy demonstrations are seen on a wall near the government headquarters...
Messages of support for pro-democracy demonstrations are seen on a wall near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Joe Chan, 30, a shop owner and Mongkok resident, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district, Hong...
Hong Kong, China
Joe Chan poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district, Hong Kong
Joe Chan, 30, a shop owner and Mongkok resident, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district, Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Chan said, "I don't care much about politics, but the local government tilting toward China is not good for Hong Kong. I come out because I am against the use of teargas by the police over non-violent protests." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Mobile phone chargers are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Hong Kong, China
Mobile phone chargers are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Mobile phone chargers are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 1, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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October 09, 2014
Crystal, 15, a part-time boutique sales assistant, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district...
Hong Kong, China
Crystal, a part-time boutique sales assistant, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong...
Crystal, 15, a part-time boutique sales assistant, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Holding a walkie talkie for fast communication with other supporters, Crystal said, "I am not demanding Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to quit, but [want] to protect protesters from being threatened badly by opponents and the police." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Cleaning products are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Hong Kong, China
Cleaning products are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Cleaning products are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 1, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Andy Yung, 30, a lifeguard, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7,...
Hong Kong, China
Andy Yung, a lifeguard, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong
Andy Yung, 30, a lifeguard, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Yung said, "I come here to protect the students from being attacked and I support real universal suffrage." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Pictures showing how to protect against teargas are seen on a tent in an area blocked by pro-democracy...
Hong Kong, China
Pictures showing how to protect against teargas are seen on a tent in an area blocked by pro-democracy...
Pictures showing how to protect against teargas are seen on a tent in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Wong Ka-pang, 89, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Wong,...
Hong Kong, China
Wong Ka-pang poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong
Wong Ka-pang, 89, poses on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Wong, who fled mainland China in 1949, said, "My younger brother was killed in the cultural revolution. If I don't come, who will come? I won't revolt if there is a crackdown." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Umbrellas are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
Hong Kong, China
Umbrellas are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
Umbrellas are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 1, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Yuti Tam, 62, poses with her newly bought loud-hailer on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in...
Hong Kong, China
Yuti Tam poses with her newly bought loud-hailer on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong...
Yuti Tam, 62, poses with her newly bought loud-hailer on Nathan Road in Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Tam said, "I want to spread the message of why we are here. We fight for something that is priceless, to benefit the community as a whole in the long run. Individual's financial loss is temporary. I apologize to those being affected." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Towels and gloves, which protesters use as protection from teargas, are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy...
Hong Kong, China
Towels and gloves are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Towels and gloves, which protesters use as protection from teargas, are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 1, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
John, who works in design, poses at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Showing only...
Hong Kong, China
John, who works in design, poses at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong
John, who works in design, poses at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Showing only his eyes to hide his identity, John said, "I am here to distribute leaflets on democracy, to tell people this movement is not a carnival." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
A barricade is seen at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
Hong Kong, China
A barricade is seen at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
A barricade is seen at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Young, 49, poses on Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 6, 2014. Wearing goggles...
Hong Kong, China
Young poses on Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong
Young, 49, poses on Nathan Road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 6, 2014. Wearing goggles and a face mask, Young said, "I come here not supporting students but support the spirit of this movement." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Bottles of water are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Hong Kong, China
Bottles of water are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters...
Bottles of water are seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
Charky Leung, 24, an office worker, poses in front of a barricade at Mongkok shopping district in Hong...
Hong Kong, China
Charky Leung, an office worker, poses in front of a barricade at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong...
Charky Leung, 24, an office worker, poses in front of a barricade at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong October 7, 2014. Leung who mans the barricade said, "I carry a mask as I am afraid of being pepper sprayed by the police. Here in Mongkok we have a clear demand of a real universal suffrage, rather than just asking Hong Kong leader to step down." Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HONGKONG-CHINA/WIDERIMAGE
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October 09, 2014
A barricade is seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
Hong Kong, China
A barricade is seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in...
A barricade is seen in an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 8, 2014. Reuters photographers Carlos Barria and Bobby Yip photographed protestors and details of life on the barricades, asking demonstrators what their role was in the movement, and what they wanted to happen. These two elements combine to form a portrait of the protests. Student protesters galvanized Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement with their energy, bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets in a show of defiance against Beijing. As events of the last 12 days prove, however, sustaining momentum is difficult, and whatever success protesters had in pressuring the government by disrupting city life, they will always come up against a formidable foe - mainland China. Protest numbers have dwindled markedly to a few hundred people at times, and the focus for pro-democracy activists has switched to talks scheduled for Friday with key officials in the Hong Kong administration. Picture taken October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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