In Pictures: How Hong Kong Looks Now, 5 Weeks Since Occupy Central Began

    The main road to the central financial district is full of tents and people. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)A painting of Chief Excecutive C.Y. Leung who students are calling on to step down. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Some of the key figures in the Umbrella Movement. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Lenin's Wall where messages from pro-democracy supporters are being recorded for all to see. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Students have set up special study areas so they can keep up with their work while at the protest site. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)A young family camped out at the protest site. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)An example of the many pieces of street art that can be seen in Hong Kong at the moment. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)People have been making tiny umbrellas for supporters to carry. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)A close-up of the miniature umbrellas. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Police prepare to dismantle the barriers around the protest site. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Police try to contain large numbers of protesters in early November. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)Part of the protest area as seen at night. (Adrian Yu/Epoch Times)

    When Hong Kong police tear gassed pro-democracy protesters on Sept. 28, they unwittingly triggered the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, which has come to be known as the Umbrella Movement because that’s all the students had to protect themselves.

    Now the heart of the city is occupied by hundreds of demonstrators who’ve moved in with colorful tents, study centers, protest art, all manner of umbrellas, and the will to remain til a resolution is reached.

    On the other side, Chief Executive C.Y. Leung has refused to step down, and offers of talks with the protest leaders have not been followed by any sign of political reform.

    With the students refusing to back down, and the administration unwilling to violently remove them, a polite stand-off has been reached.

    These photos show the transformation of Asia’s financial capital into a creative mass protest site, and what may be its new normal.

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