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2014 Hong Kong protests
The 2014 Hong Kong protests, also known as the Umbrella Movement or Umbrella Revolution, began in September 2014 when activists in Hong Kong protested outside the government headquarters and occupied several major city intersections after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) announced its decision on proposed electoral reform. In disallowing civil nominations, the NPCSC made it clear that a 1200-member nominating committee, which would remain nominated by the business factions would elect two to three electoral candidates with more than half of the votes before the general public can vote on them.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism began protesting outside the government headquarters on 22 September 2014 against the NPCSC's decision. On the evening of 26 September, several hundred demonstrators breached a security barrier and entered the forecourt of the Central Government Complex led by Joshua Wong, which was once a public space that has been barred from public entry since July 2014. Officers cordoned off protesters within the courtyard and restricted their movement overnight, eventually removing them by force the next day. Occupy Central announced that they would begin their civil disobedience campaign immediately.
On 28 September, protesters blocked both east–west arterial routes in northern Hong Kong Island nearAdmiralty. Police tactics, including the use of tear gas, and instances of attacks on protesters by opponents that included triad members, triggered more citizens joining the protests. The government set 6 October as a 'deadline' for the protests to end, but this was ignored by protesters, although they allowed government workers to enter offices that had previously been blocked. The state-run Chinese media claimed repeatedly that the West had played an "instigating" role in the protests, and that "more people in Hong Kong are supporting the anti-Occupy Central movement," and warned of "deaths and injuries and other grave consequences." In an opinion poll carried out by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 59% of 850 people surveyed since 4 October supported the protests.
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The Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, known as the Umbrella Revolution, have become symbolised by the yellow ribbons worn by supporters and seen fluttering around the city.
The original symbol can be seen adorning thousands of lapels in Hong Kong and around the world for people wanting to show support for the movement.
Yellow ribbons have also been tied to fences and trees around the city, with protesters using Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree as a protest song.
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Pictures of them are being used as profile pictures on social networking sites to show solidarity and 1 October was declared “Wear Yellow for Hong Kong” day around the world.
The colour symbolises the campaign for universal suffrage and was previously used in the women’s vote campaign in the US in the 19th Century.