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Umbrella Movement 雨傘運動 ／ Umbrella Revolution 雨傘革命 / Occupy Central 佔領中環
Protesters have been asking for universal suffrage for the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive elections, which means candidates for the chief executive will be nominated by Hong kong citizens, not an elite committee, and then voted on by Hong Kong citizens.
On Sept. 28 2014, the Hong Kong police fired tear gas and used pepper spray on students and citizens gathered outside the government headquarters in Admiralty as part of a civil disobedience movement. The protesters brought umbrellas for shade against the scorching mid-day sun, but ended up using them as personal tear gas shields instead. Since then, the umbrella has become both the name and the symbol of the movement. The protesters’ peaceful, non-violent conduct is exemplary, and has been praised by the international community. Protest sites are swept daily and kept garbage-free, and protesters have even cleaned up the public restrooms in those areas.