[Photos] How the humble umbrella became a HK protest symbol


How the humble umbrella became a HK protest symbol by Samanthi Dissanayake

BBC News 29 September 2014

When the tear gas canisters were opened and the smoke billowed out, Hong Kong’s demonstrators had only their umbrellas to protect themselves. They had been brought along because the heat of the sun was so severe at the height of the day.

Ever since then images and designs of umbrellas have been posted as a mark of solidarity. The « umbrella revolution » has become a protest art phenomenon online.

Along with a yellow ribbon, it has become an unofficial icon of Hong Kong’s street protests.

When it rains…Open your umbrellas, is the advice Hong Kong protesters have been spreading. The image of demonstrators in a cloud holding up their umbrellas against the pepper spray or tear gas moved many on social media to comment.


See also

  • Umbrella Revolution: more designs on Hong Kong’s protest movement by Vivian Chow (29 September, 2014) on The South China Morning Post umbrella-rev_0
  • Amazing Images From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution by Lisa Larson-Walker(Sept. 29 2014) on Slate
  • 33 Extraordinary Pictures Of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” by Francis Whittaker   (Sept. 29, 2014) on BuzzFeed
  • Images of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ Tell a Story by Didi Kirsten Tatlow September 29, 2014 on Sinosphere
  • The Hong Kong Protests in Pictures September 30, 2014 ChinaFile


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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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  1. HongKong protests add a new twist to the umbrella’s history as a political symbol http://on.wsj.com/1rEeDX6 (Reuters)

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