On September 22, the Hong Kong Federation of Students mobilized up to 10,000 students to boycott class with hundreds of teachers voluntarily joining the strike and lecturing at the rally.
The protesters voiced strong discontent with Beijing’s late August decree that all future candidates for position of chief executive be screened and approved by a pro-Beijing nominating committee.
On September 26, the 5th day of the strike, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung remained firm in refusing to negotiate with the students. Four thousand students and citizens then surrounded the Government House.
At midnight, led by 17-year-old student leader Joshua Wong, the protesters charged the government headquarters. The clash ended with 61 protesters arrested by police, who fended off the crowds with pepper spray.
By September 27, the crowd had swelled to 50,000 people who remained outside government headquarters, demanding that arrested students be released.
On September 28, 60,000 protesters took to the streets. The government quickly condemned the movement as illegal and 7000 riot police were dispatched to attempt and disperse the protests, firing 78 tear gas canisters into the unarmed crowds.
In the early morning hours of September 29, the “Occupy Central” movement had extended its operations into Admiralty, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, as 100,000 citizens came out to condemn the violent police response to peaceful protesters.
After umbrellas were used to fend off tear gas from riot police the foreign media officially dubbed the uprising, the ‘Umbrella Revolution.’
On the night of September 30 heavy downpours put the umbrellas to good use as the number of protesters rose to more than 100,000, forming what they named a “Democracy Plaza” in the districts of Admiralty, Mongkok and Causeway Bay.
Despite the swelling crowds, Chief Executive CY Leung made it clear he had no intention of heeding the people’s call for him to resign.
On October 2, the Hong Kong Federation of Students called on citizens to occupy government buildings, only then did the authorities finally agree to talks about policy reform.
On October 3, triad gangsters attacked pro-democracy protesters in Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. The Federation of Students denounced the government for standing by idly while thugs beat peaceful protesters and called on its members fight to the end.
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