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Hong Kong demo soon to exceed duration of umbrella revolt

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There seems to be no end in sight for Hong Kong's mass demonstrations.

Looking at the faces of young people overflowing the streets, I was reminded of the Umbrella Movement I covered in 2014 as a Hong Kong correspondent.

The movement was called so because young pro-democracy demonstrators, who pitched tents and occupied the city for two and a half months, used umbrellas as a tool of resistance against the Hong Kong police that sprayed them with tear gas.

The impression I had at the time was that while there were occasional outbreaks of violence, the demonstrators were surprisingly calm and orderly. Young people set up tents as first-aid and battery-charging stations, while older demonstrators of their parents' generation........

© The Asahi Shimbun