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The Movement That Changed Hong Kong: A Timeline

A day-by-day account of the pro-democracy protests that have turned the once apolitical city on its ear.

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Hong Kong will never be the same -- not after police tear gassed and pepper-sprayed pro-democracy demonstrators just over two weeks ago, galvanizing demonstrators and turning the financial center into a political hotbed. Although the causes of their grievances trace years back, the past 18 days have been crucial in focusing attention from the international community, Beijing, and everyday Hong Kongers. Global social media has ensured that images of protesters -- whether clashing with armed thugs, cleaning up their own trash, or building bamboo scaffolds to keep police at bay -- resonate far beyond the city of 7 million. Foreign Policy recaps a period sure to become etched in the former colony's history.

 

Hong Kong will never be the same — not after police tear gassed and pepper-sprayed pro-democracy demonstrators just over two weeks ago, galvanizing demonstrators and turning the financial center into a political hotbed. Although the causes of their grievances trace years back, the past 18 days have been crucial in focusing attention from the international community, Beijing, and everyday Hong Kongers. Global social media has ensured that images of protesters — whether clashing with armed thugs, cleaning up their own trash, or building bamboo scaffolds to keep police at bay — resonate far beyond the city of 7 million. Foreign Policy recaps a period sure to become etched in the former colony’s history.

 

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