Got a yellow umbrella? Hundreds gathered this Thursday at the Hong Kong government headquarters to commemorate the massive, 79-day pro-democracy protest that took place in 2014. Participants also showed their support for three of the student leaders, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, who were jailed for their involvement in the protest last month.
Yellow umbrellas were raised high as recordings from the protest were played on speakers and smoke was released from a machine, referencing the teargas that police used to suppress protesters.
The protest occurred due to citizens’ demands for universal suffrage and fully free elections of government officials, while the anniversary of the event takes place as tensions between Beijing and Hong Kong increase, with several lawmakers recently being ousted from their roles due to their stances in favor of Hong Kong independence.