Umbrella Movement (2014)
This set of photos documented the sit-in protests, known as the Umbrella Movement or the Occupy Movement, in Hong Kong that began in September 2014. The protesters called for a “genuine universal suffrage”, which they saw it is restricted by the decision by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China as the Communist Party has control over the candidate nomination. On 28 September, the authorities unleashed tear gas to disperse the crowds who wield umbrellas and face masks. It triggered more citizens to join the protests, occupying Causeway Bay and Mong Kok. In November and December, the occupation sites were cleared and it marked the end of the movement.
Lam Yik Fei is the Director of Photography at Initium Media in Hong Kong. Lam also works on assignment for various international media. His works are distributed worldwide via Getty Images and Bloomberg News Photos. They appear on International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Guardian and other leading publications.
[ Part of the IPA HONG KONG & TAIWAN SHOWCASE ]