Hong Kong and the umbrella revolution4 min read 08 Oct 2014, 01:20 PM IST
For too long, it has been claimed that Hong Kong's residents don't really want democracy. These demonstrations show how patronizing that view is
Wang Zang is a Chinese poet who was taken into custody in Beijing on 1 October because he posted a photograph of himself holding an umbrella on the Internet. The umbrella has emerged as the unlikely icon of demonstrations in Hong Kong, where thousands of people including students and professionals have taken over the city’s business district, demanding political reforms. The police force has used tear gas to disperse them. Thugs possibly controlled by triads have tried to scare them away by intimidating them. But they have remained non-violent, using the humble umbrella to protect themselves from the gas, if not the blows.