How will this end, and when?
Protest leaders continue to debate how to negotiate with the city government, while the numbers of protesters dwindle to a committed core.
For many, the weekend marked a high-point in the weeklong pro-democracy demonstrations. While the future may be unclear, the #OccupyCentral movement has already left a legacy of remarkable and powerful images testifying to the hopes of the city's younger generation. Here are just a few of the many inspiring examples from the last week.
1. The sea of smartphone lights that filled central Hong Kong during the evening rallies
Same scene from above. Fireflies of freedom!
2. The students’ heroic self-organized recycling operations
3. The brigade of slogan-covered “democracy buses” that formed the first road barricade in Mong Kok
4. The manga-inspired watercolors of Umbrella Girl
5. The inspiring persistence of protesters after thunderstorms and torrential rain
6. After attacks on protesters by thugs in Mong Kok, the return of students in force, outfitted with helmets, goggles, knee pads, and (of course) umbrellas
7. Across the city, an outpouring of inspired creativity — in posters, signs, art, slogans.
... and another...
... and another
8. The Lennon Wall—the thousands of notes from citizens expressing their hopes and covering the exterior of a government building
9. The “Umbrella Tree”
10. On Sunday night, on the eve of a government deadline for the protesters to leave, a student-created statue arose in Admiralty: the “Umbrella Man.” Ultimately, the government allowed the students to stay.
All images by Ben Carlson/Globalpost.