Then and now: Photos of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement one year later

Protesters opening their umbrellas, symbols of the pro-democracy movement, as they mark exactly one month since they took to the streets in Hong Kong’s financial central district, Oct. 28, 2014 file photo (top); and the same location on Sept.16, 2015. (Damir Sagolj and Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

A year after Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in scenes that made headline news around the world, Reuters photographer Tyrone Siu revisited the scenes of the demonstrations. The anniversary comes amid a passionate debate in Hong Kong about the extent of mainland China’s control of the city.

“Even though the umbrella movement did not achieve universal suffrage or direct election, we still learned a lesson, to know the fact that we need to fight for universal suffrage or democracy.” — Joshua Wong
“I have taken part in pro-democracy protests since the 1980s. If I’m too old to walk and attend the next major one, I hope someone would carry me there.” — “Uncle” Wong
“I think this is the glory of the people of Hong Kong. Have you ever seen Hong Kong people coming out to block streets and saying they need change? At that moment, you saw a totally different aspect of Hong Kong people.” — Alex Chow
“I think the Occupy movement is a once in a 100-year-event in Hong Kong. Although my family was against my participation in this movement, I will not give up any opportunity to fight for democracy.” — Andy Yung
“The elderly often say that my generation will be the ones to live long enough to see a democratic Hong Kong. But I am not so naive to fully believe that it will happen in our time either.” —  Prince Wong

Iconic symbols of modern-day protests