Hong Kong: Crowdsourcing the Revolution

An article by Laurent Gayer
  • Hong Kong protesters. Photo copyright: Laurent GayerHong Kong protesters. Photo copyright: Laurent Gayer

Online forums have played a crucial role in the movement and have provided activists with tips to put out tear gas rounds and acquire protective equipment.

Anthony spreads the sheet of paper over the wall and begins to spray paint over the perforations. As a figure takes shape under the stencil, a group of black-clad masked protesters surrounds the graffiti artist and hides him from view behind their umbrellas. Shortly thereafter, the face of Edward Leung, a jailed activist who has been described as the spiritual leader of Hong Kong’s uprising, stands out from the white background. As Anthony moves on, the small crowd gathered around him swiftly disperses.

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