Email By Huey Fern Tay in Beijing Updated September 30, 2014 22:20:10 Photo: Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. (AFP: Aaron Tam) Related Story: Hong Kong leader demands protests end ‘immediately’ Related Story: Hong Kong protesters continue to block city streets The student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that have been dubbed the “umbrella revolution”, gained momentum when the leader of a separate civil disobedience campaign announced a blockade would begin earlier than expected.Benny Tai, one of the leaders of the Occupy Central movement, declared to loud cheers they would carry out a long-standing threat to paralyse the heart of the major financial hub.The number of protesters swelled as the day went on. Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. Photo: Laura Chung is among a team of Hong Kong University students filing reports on the protests for the LIVE: Updates Verified Facebook page. (Lydia Sung) The umbrellas have since taken on a symbolic meaning leading this movement to be dubbed the “umbrella revolution”.Student groups and pro-democracy activists are angry at the Chinese government’s decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong’s first… Read full this story
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