A black-clad protestor uses a bright umbrella as a makeshift shield in front of the Tsim Sha Tsui police station. (Tsim Sha Tsui. October 20, 2019)

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The umbrella has been a symbolic and strategic tool of the Hong Kong protests since the Umbrella Revolution of 2014. (Victoria Park. December 12, 2019)

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Thousands of protestors gather on July 1, 2020 - the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China, the one-year anniversary of the storming of the Legislative Council, and the first day of the implementation of the National Security Law. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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Umbrellas are used as a shield against tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and surveillance. (Tsim Sha Tsui. October 20, 2019).

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Protestors are seen from above during a rally that marked the six month anniversary of the protests. (Causeway Bay. December 12, 2019).

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Organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, an estimate of 800,000 came out to march for the six-month anniversary of the Hong Kong protests. (Wan Chai. December 12, 2019).

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Protestors showcase a 'Free Hong Kong, Revolution Now' banner during a lunchtime protest in Central, the financial district of Hong Kong. (Central. November 2, 2019).

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A man wears a "Hong Konger" t-shirt, holding his hands out to symbolize "Five Demands, Not One Less" of the movement. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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A protester holds the flag 'Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times.' during a demonstration on July 1st, 2020. Under the new National Security Law imposed by China, materials such as flags and stickers can be considered as acts of "secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign collusion"- a sentence punishable for a maximum of life imprisonment and even a death sentence. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020). 

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Police stand off against a silhouette of an umbrella, a symbolic and strategic tool of the Hong Kong protests, outside of the Tsim Sha Tsui police station. (Tsim Sha Tsui. October 20, 2019).

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Police march under a bridge, raising their shields as protection in anticipation for objects thrown by protestors from above. (Central. October 20, 2019).

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A young police with a tear gas mask stares into the camera. (Wan Chai. May 24, 2020).

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Curious bystanders glimpse out from a bridge, as protests break out in the financial centre of the city during lunchtime. (Central. November 11, 2019).

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A protestor clad in black prepares to unfurl a banner listing the Five Demands off of a bridge during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of the city. (Central. November 11, 2019).

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The campus of Polytechnic University is transformed with protestor-led stations for first aid, equipment dispersal, and security checkpoints. Later that evening, the university would go into lockdown for nearly two weeks, with all exits blocked by police and any individual leaving to be arrested for rioting. (Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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Protestors tensely prepare to face off with police on the campus of Polytechnic University. Over the course of the two-week siege, an estimate of 1,100 individuals were arrested. (Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A protestor protected by a tear gas mask, rain coat, and gloves hold molotov cocktails as they prepare for confrontation with police. More than 3,800 petrol bombs on campus were seized by police following the siege of PolyU. (Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A protestor dons a smiling Guy Fawkes mask on the back of her head. The reference to "V for Vendetta" was commonly used during the Hong Kong protests, due to its political and anti-totalitarianism links. (Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A young protestor uses a tear gas mask, goggles, and an umbrella as protection as tear gas is fired behind him. Over the course of the next two weeks, an estimate of 1,100 protestors from the campus would be arrested.(Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A police media liaison officer pushes journalists and protestors to the sidewalk as tear gas is fired into the distance. (Wan Chai. May 24, 2020).

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A policeman cordons off an area with orange tape during demonstrations. (Wan Chai. July 1, 2020).

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Tear gas, police cars, and water cannon trucks can be seen in the distance of Polytechnic University. Over the course of the next two weeks, an estimate of 1,100 protestors from the campus would be arrested.(Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A water cannon truck fires water laced with blue dye and pepper spray onto the campus of Polytechnic University. Later in the evening, the campus would go into lockdown for nearly two weeks. (Polytechnic University. November 17, 2019).

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A journalist silhouetted against the spray of a water cannon during demonstrations. Journalists have been regularly targeted by police with water cannons, pepper spray, and tear gas - undermining press freedom. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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Police frantically raise their shields for protection as bricks and water bottles are thrown by protestors from above. (Wan Chai. May 24, 2020).

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A man walks past broken molotov cocktails, discarded umbrellas, and empty tear gas canisters in Mong Kok after an intense night of confrontations between police and protestors. (Mong Kok. November 18, 2019).

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Tourists wave a Chinese flag in front of the popular tourist destination of St. Paul's Cathedral on the 20th anniversary of Macau's handover to China. (Macau. December 20, 2019).

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Protestors in Hong Kong wave American flags as a sign of saying thank you during a Thanksgiving rally following the passing of the US Human Rights and Democracy Act. (Edinburgh Place. November 28, 2019).

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Business people casually walk by bricks strewn across the streets of Central, the financial district of Hong Kong, during a lunchtime protest. (Central. November 11, 2019).

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Bystanders walk past bricks that have been scattered onto the road. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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Police clear rubble from a street, which has been spread out by protestors in an effort to slow down incoming police. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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Police and police cars wait for protestors in one of the popular shopping districts of Hong Kong. (Causeway Bay. November 4, 2019).

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Protestors flock to Polytechnic University following the lockdown of the campus and an online call for protestors to flood the university in an attempt to distract the police. They were not successful, and the campus would go into lockdown for nearly two weeks afterwards. (Yau Ma Tei. November 17, 2019).

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The final evening before the official revealing and implementation of the National Security Law. (Wan Chai. June 30, 2020).

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Police and arrestees are gathered onto a bus to be transported to a police station. (Causeway Bay. July 1, 2020).

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A protestor spray paints the words, "I Resist, Therefore I Am" onto a blank streetcar banner. (Central. October 28, 2019).

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People quietly light candles in remembrance of the Tiananmen Square Massacre victims. For the first time in 30 years, the vigil was banned, citing Covid-19 related concerns. (Victoria Park. June 6, 2020).

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For the first time in 30 years, the annual Tiananmen Square vigil was banned in Hong Kong, with reasons cited as being Covid-19 related. Hundreds of protestors showed up at Victoria Park in defiance of the ban, lighting candles. With the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, this may have been the last memorial. (Victoria Park. June 6, 2020).

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Protestors use their phones to light up the night, showcasing a "Free HK" sign the night before a major protest. (Edinburgh Place. October 19, 2019).

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