Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese flags flutter above streets and red celebratory banners line the harbor front, as a beaming crowd of masked officials and school children wave and chant in unison inside Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus, welcoming the arrival of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

In his first trip outside mainland China since the start of the pandemic, Xi arrived in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule on July 1 — a highly symbolic event at a pivotal time for both the city, and Xi himself.The former British colony is midway through the 50-year promise of “a high degree of autonomy,” given by Beijing under a framework known as “one country, two systems.” It is also swearing in its newly appointed leader, hardline former police officer John Lee.Xi, meanwhile, is only months away from finishing his first decade in power — and is widely expected to seek an unprecedented third term at a key meeting of the ruling Communist Party this fall.The two-day trip is a timely declaration of political victory for Xi, who has brought Hong Kong to heel with a sweeping national security law following the 2019 anti-government protests. In just two years, critics say, the law has been used to crush the city’s opposition movement, overhaul its electoral system, silence its outspoken media and cripple its once-vibrant civil society.Read MoreThe Hong Kong government has repeatedly denied the national security law is suppressing freedoms. Instead, it insists the law has ended chaos and restored stability to the city.People wave Chinese and Hong Kong flags as fishing boats carrying banners celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China sail through the Victoria Harbour.People wave Chinese and Hong Kong flags as fishing boats carrying banners celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China sail through the Victoria Harbour.People wave Chinese and Hong Kong flags as fishing boats carrying banners celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China sail through the Victoria Harbour.For an authoritarian leader obsessed with stability, Hong Kong may now feel more like home than ever. Unlike his previous visits to the city, Xi no longer needs to worry about any public expression of dissent — be it critical headlines on local newspaper front pages, protest slogans on billboards or mass rallies in the streets. Instead, he is set to be surrounded by only “patriotic” officials, loyal tycoons and a blanket of heavy security measures — including extensive roadblocks and a citywide ban on drones. He will be separated from the public by a meticulously maintained “closed loop” system — put in place to protect him against the city’s rising Covid-19 infections.In a sign of the heightened security, journalists from at least seven media organizations, including CNN, were blocked from covering the ceremony days before the event, after initially receiving accreditation.Beijing’s supporters say Hong Kong has ushered in a “new era of stability, prosperity and opportunity.””This is an important milestone for our nation and Hong Kong,” the city’s government said in a statement marking the anniversary. “(It) not only captures Hong Kong’s impressive achievements over the past two and a half decades, it also underscores our eager anticipation for and confidence in a brighter future.”But critics fear Hong Kong is being increasingly reshaped in China’s image. To some, the “one country, two systems” experiment is already dead — 25 years ahead of schedule.In 2019, a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China from Hong Kong plunged the city into months of social unrest.In 2019, a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China from Hong Kong plunged the city into months of social unrest.In 2019, a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China from Hong Kong plunged the city into months of social unrest.”One country, two systems”Proposed by late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, “one country, two systems” is a political formula originally intended to help China achieve unification with Taiwan, a self-ruling democracy with a capitalist economy. But it ended up being first applied to Hong Kong, with the hope that it would set a desirable example for Taiwan to follow later. The governance model allows a capitalist bubble to coexist within a socialist country, with a pledge that Hong Kong’s capitalist system and way-of-life will remain unchanged for 50 years.The secret negotiations that sealed Hong Kong's futureThe secret negotiations that sealed Hong Kong's futureThe secret negotiations that sealed Hong Kong's futureWhen Margaret Thatcher visited Beijing in 1984 to sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration for the handover of Hong Kong, Deng assured the British Prime Minister that “China will always keep its promises.””When we gave the figure of 50 years, we were not speaking casually or on impulse, but in consideration of the realities in China and of our need for development,” he told Thatcher.Upon his arrival in Hong Kong on Thursday, Xi called the “one country, two systems” a “good system.””Facts have proved that ‘one country, two systems’ has strong vitality. It can ensure Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, and safeguard the well-being of Hong Kong compatriots,” Xi said inside the West Kowloon Station.”Over the past few years, Hong Kong has withstood one severe test after another and overcome one risk and challenge after another. After weathering the storms, Hong Kong has emerged from the ashes with vigorous vitality,” he said.But critics, including Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten, have accused Beijing of breaching those promises in recent years as it tightened its grip on Hong Kong.”It’s fair to say for 10 years after 1997, maybe a bit longer, things did not go too badly wrong, but they’ve gone downhill since, partly because Xi Jinping and his colleagues are terrified of what Hong Kong actually stands for,” Patten said at a press conference last week.Fight for democracySince coming to power, Xi has waged an ideological war against the influence of “Western values” such as constitutional democracy, press freedom, judicial independence and universal human rights — notions that have long been cherished in Hong Kong and formed an integral part of its identity.The city’s pursuit of full democracy, namely ultimately electing its leader by universal suffrage — a goal written into its mini-constitution, the Basic Law — is especially viewed with suspicion by Beijing, which is worried that a freely elected leader could pose a challenge to its authority.As Beijing dragged its feet on electoral reforms, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy advocates lost patience. In 2014, thousands of young protesters occupied key roads in the city’s financial center to demand “true universal suffrage” — rejecting a proposal by China’s parliament to have the candidates vetted in advance by a pro-Beijing committee. The peaceful protests, known as the “Umbrella Movement,” ended after 79 days, with none of their demands met.She questioned Thatcher on Hong Kong's handover in 1984. Hear what she thinks nowShe questioned Thatcher on Hong Kong's handover in 1984. Hear what she thinks nowShe questioned Thatcher on Hong Kong's handover in 1984. Hear what she thinks nowJUST WATCHEDShe questioned Thatcher on Hong Kong’s handover in 1984. Hear what she thinks nowReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

She questioned Thatcher on Hong Kong’s handover in 1984. Hear what she thinks now 03:08Since then, Beijing has sought to exert more control over Hong Kong. During his first visit to the city as China’s leader in 2017, Xi warned that any efforts to “challenge the power” of the central government were “absolutely impermissible.””Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security…or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line,” he said in a speech on Hong Kong’s 20th handover anniversary.But Beijing’s tightening grip only intensified discontent in the city, especially among its younger generation — many of whom fear they are running out of time to fight for democracy before the 2047 deadline.Some tried to push for change by joining the city’s legislature, but that failed too under increasing pressure from Beijing. A slew of pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified over an oath-taking controversy, while other candidates were barred from standing for office. Long-running tensions eventually erupted in 2019. Over that summer, peaceful marches against a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China soon snowballed into sometimes violent anti-Beijing protests, plunging the city into months of social unrest and its most tumultuous period since the handover.A year later, during a lull in the protests brought by the pandemic, Beijing bypassed the city’s legislature to impose a national security law, which took effect the day before the July 1 handover anniversary. In vaguely defined terms, the law criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces — and allows for maximum sentences of life imprisonment.A riot policeman sprays pepper spray at a man as they disperse a crowd during a demonstration against "parallel traders" who buy goods in Hong Kong to resell in mainland China on Sunday, January 5.A riot policeman sprays pepper spray at a man as they disperse a crowd during a demonstration against "parallel traders" who buy goods in Hong Kong to resell in mainland China on Sunday, January 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA riot policeman sprays pepper spray at a man as they disperse a crowd during a demonstration against “parallel traders” who buy goods in Hong Kong to resell in mainland China on Sunday, January 5.Hide Caption 1 of 160Pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a New Year's Day rally on Wednesday, January 1 in Hong Kong.Pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a New Year's Day rally on Wednesday, January 1 in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a New Year’s Day rally on Wednesday, January 1 in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 2 of 160Pro-democracy supporters wave flags during a countdown party in Tsim Sha Tsui district on New Year's Eve.Pro-democracy supporters wave flags during a countdown party in Tsim Sha Tsui district on New Year's Eve. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy supporters wave flags during a countdown party in Tsim Sha Tsui district on New Year’s Eve.Hide Caption 3 of 160Police arrive to conduct a clearance operation in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on December 31.Police arrive to conduct a clearance operation in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on December 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice arrive to conduct a clearance operation in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on December 31.Hide Caption 4 of 160Protesters take photos of a 'Free HK' light display at a gathering in the Central district of Hong Kong on December 30.Protesters take photos of a 'Free HK' light display at a gathering in the Central district of Hong Kong on December 30. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters take photos of a ‘Free HK’ light display at a gathering in the Central district of Hong Kong on December 30.Hide Caption 5 of 160A man is detained by riot police during a demonstration in a shopping mall at Sheung Shui district on December 28.A man is detained by riot police during a demonstration in a shopping mall at Sheung Shui district on December 28. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is detained by riot police during a demonstration in a shopping mall at Sheung Shui district on December 28.Hide Caption 6 of 160A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in the Jordan district of Hong Kong, early on December 25.A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in the Jordan district of Hong Kong, early on December 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in the Jordan district of Hong Kong, early on December 25.Hide Caption 7 of 160People celebrating the holidays react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve.People celebrating the holidays react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople celebrating the holidays react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve.Hide Caption 8 of 160Protesters march in Hong Kong.Protesters march in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters march in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 9 of 160Protesters stage a rally outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, December 1. Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon outside the US Consulate for another pro-US rally to show support for President Trump after he signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law.Protesters stage a rally outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, December 1. Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon outside the US Consulate for another pro-US rally to show support for President Trump after he signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters stage a rally outside the US Consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, December 1. Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon outside the US Consulate for another pro-US rally to show support for President Trump after he signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law.Hide Caption 10 of 160People take part in a march from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1.People take part in a march from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople take part in a march from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1.Hide Caption 11 of 160Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham, right, celebrates with a supporter after winning his election in the Sha Tin district, early November 25. "Today's result represents (my constituency's) support to protesters. The government should immediately establish the Five Demands and respond to the public's voices," Sham posted on Facebook, referencing a long-standing protest slogan.Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham, right, celebrates with a supporter after winning his election in the Sha Tin district, early November 25. "Today's result represents (my constituency's) support to protesters. The government should immediately establish the Five Demands and respond to the public's voices," Sham posted on Facebook, referencing a long-standing protest slogan. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham, right, celebrates with a supporter after winning his election in the Sha Tin district, early November 25. “Today’s result represents (my constituency’s) support to protesters. The government should immediately establish the Five Demands and respond to the public’s voices,” Sham posted on Facebook, referencing a long-standing protest slogan.Hide Caption 12 of 160Pro-democracy candidate James Yu hugs his girlfriend after winning his seat in district council elections, early November 25.Pro-democracy candidate James Yu hugs his girlfriend after winning his seat in district council elections, early November 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy candidate James Yu hugs his girlfriend after winning his seat in district council elections, early November 25.Hide Caption 13 of 160People line up to vote outside of a polling place in Hong Kong, November 24. More than <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/24/asia/hong-kong-district-council-elections-intl/index.html" target="_blank">2.9 million people turned out</a> to vote in Sunday's elections, which have been framed as a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/asia/hong-kong-protests-district-council-elections-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">de facto referendum</a> on the almost six months of ongoing protests.People line up to vote outside of a polling place in Hong Kong, November 24. More than <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/24/asia/hong-kong-district-council-elections-intl/index.html" target="_blank">2.9 million people turned out</a> to vote in Sunday's elections, which have been framed as a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/asia/hong-kong-protests-district-council-elections-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">de facto referendum</a> on the almost six months of ongoing protests. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople line up to vote outside of a polling place in Hong Kong, November 24. More than 2.9 million people turned out to vote in Sunday’s elections, which have been framed as a de facto referendum on the almost six months of ongoing protests.Hide Caption 14 of 160Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts her ballot for the district council elections at a polling place, November 24. In a statement Monday, Lam said her government "respects the election results."Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts her ballot for the district council elections at a polling place, November 24. In a statement Monday, Lam said her government "respects the election results." Photos: Hong Kong unrestHong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts her ballot for the district council elections at a polling place, November 24. In a statement Monday, Lam said her government “respects the election results.”Hide Caption 15 of 160A group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22.A group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22.Hide Caption 16 of 160Protesters use clothes and helmets to form "SOS" at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21.Protesters use clothes and helmets to form "SOS" at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use clothes and helmets to form “SOS” at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21.Hide Caption 17 of 160Protesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21.Protesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21.Hide Caption 18 of 160Tables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are left behind by protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Tables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are left behind by protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are left behind by protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 19 of 160A Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.A Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 20 of 160Police detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/asia/hong-kong-polytechnic-university-scene-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">university and occupied the campus </a>as the city's violent political unrest reached fever pitch.Police detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/asia/hong-kong-polytechnic-university-scene-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">university and occupied the campus </a>as the city's violent political unrest reached fever pitch. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the university and occupied the campus as the city’s violent political unrest reached fever pitch.Hide Caption 21 of 160A protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.A protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.Hide Caption 22 of 160A protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.A protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.Hide Caption 23 of 160Protesters react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Protesters react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Hide Caption 24 of 160Firefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18.Firefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestFirefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18.Hide Caption 25 of 160Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-protests-live-nov-18-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attempted to clear the university</a>, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base.Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-protests-live-nov-18-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attempted to clear the university</a>, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have attempted to clear the university, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base.Hide Caption 26 of 160Police fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18.Police fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18.Hide Caption 27 of 160A member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.A member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 28 of 160Protesters use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Protesters use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 29 of 160A protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.A protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 30 of 160An anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.An anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 31 of 160An anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannons firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.An anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannons firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannons firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 32 of 160Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRiot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 33 of 160A protester prepares to shoot an arrow during a confrontation with police. A protester prepares to shoot an arrow during a confrontation with police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester prepares to shoot an arrow during a confrontation with police. Hide Caption 34 of 160Police use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Police use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 35 of 160A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. Hide Caption 36 of 160Protesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17.Protesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17.Hide Caption 37 of 160A woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday.A woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday.Hide Caption 38 of 160Protesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Protesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Hide Caption 39 of 160Protesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Protesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Hide Caption 40 of 160Demonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14.Demonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14.Hide Caption 41 of 160A protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13.A protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13.Hide Caption 42 of 160A Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.A Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.Hide Caption 43 of 160A fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.A fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.Hide Caption 44 of 160Students attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12.Students attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12.Hide Caption 45 of 160A man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.A man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.Hide Caption 46 of 160Students block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12.Students block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12.Hide Caption 47 of 160A protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11.A protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11.Hide Caption 48 of 160People react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central District on November 11.People react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central District on November 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong’s Central District on November 11.Hide Caption 49 of 160Riot police face off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10.Riot police face off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRiot police face off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10.Hide Caption 50 of 160A man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10.A man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10.Hide Caption 51 of 160Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/07/asia/hong-kong-protester-death-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">death of student Chow Tsz-lok</a>, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4.Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/07/asia/hong-kong-protester-death-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">death of student Chow Tsz-lok</a>, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the death of student Chow Tsz-lok, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4.Hide Caption 52 of 160A person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok on November 8.A person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok on November 8. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok on November 8.Hide Caption 53 of 160Students in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong.Students in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 54 of 160Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory.Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory. Photos: Hong Kong unrestFirefighters stand outside the offices of China’s Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory.Hide Caption 55 of 160Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRichard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Hide Caption 56 of 160Thousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong's central shopping district for another rally on November 2.Thousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong's central shopping district for another rally on November 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong’s central shopping district for another rally on November 2.Hide Caption 57 of 160A person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/halloween-hong-kong-mask-ban-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">government ban on face coverings</a>. A person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/halloween-hong-kong-mask-ban-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">government ban on face coverings</a>. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. Hide Caption 58 of 160A man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. A man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. Hide Caption 59 of 160Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (second from left) and Kelvin Lam (second from right) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election.Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (second from left) and Kelvin Lam (second from right) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (second from left) and Kelvin Lam (second from right) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election.Hide Caption 60 of 160A protester throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. A protester throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. Hide Caption 61 of 160A couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26.A couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26.Hide Caption 62 of 160Protesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27.Protesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27.Hide Caption 63 of 160Tear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27.Tear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27.Hide Caption 64 of 160High school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25.High school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestHigh school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25.Hide Caption 65 of 160Police fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Police fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 66 of 160A pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20.A pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20.Hide Caption 67 of 160Pro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam's annual policy address <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/asia/hong-kong-protests-explosives-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">ended in chaos</a> as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters.Pro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam's annual policy address <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/asia/hong-kong-protests-explosives-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">ended in chaos</a> as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam’s annual policy address ended in chaos as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters.Hide Caption 68 of 160A protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15.A protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15.Hide Caption 69 of 160Protesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Protesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 70 of 160Protesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong's business district.Protesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong's business district. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong’s business district.Hide Caption 71 of 160A protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13.A protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13.Hide Caption 72 of 160Protesters wearing masks in defiance of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/asia/hong-kong-face-mask-ban-meeting-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">a recently imposed ban</a> gather at a shopping mall on October 13.Protesters wearing masks in defiance of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/asia/hong-kong-face-mask-ban-meeting-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">a recently imposed ban</a> gather at a shopping mall on October 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters wearing masks in defiance of a recently imposed ban gather at a shopping mall on October 13.Hide Caption 73 of 160Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/edward-leung-hong-kong-jailed-intl/index.html" target="_blank">who was sentenced to six years in prison</a> for his part in a violent clash with police.Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/edward-leung-hong-kong-jailed-intl/index.html" target="_blank">who was sentenced to six years in prison</a> for his part in a violent clash with police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSupporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong’s High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, who was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent clash with police.Hide Caption 74 of 160A woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7.A woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7.Hide Caption 75 of 160Pro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7.Pro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7.Hide Caption 76 of 160Rescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6.Rescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6.Hide Caption 77 of 160A China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6.A China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6.Hide Caption 78 of 160Pro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area.Pro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area.Hide Caption 79 of 160People protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5.People protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5.Hide Caption 80 of 160An anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4.An anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4.Hide Caption 81 of 160Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4.Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4.Hide Caption 82 of 160Protesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank.Protesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank.Hide Caption 83 of 160Protesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4.Protesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4.Hide Caption 84 of 160A store is in shambles after being vandalized by protesters.A store is in shambles after being vandalized by protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA store is in shambles after being vandalized by protesters.Hide Caption 85 of 160Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4.Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4.Hide Caption 86 of 160Protesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2.Protesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2.Hide Caption 87 of 160Schoolmates of a <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/asia/hong-kong-oct-1-protests-escalation-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">student who was shot in the chest by police</a> place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2.Schoolmates of a <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/asia/hong-kong-oct-1-protests-escalation-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">student who was shot in the chest by police</a> place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSchoolmates of a student who was shot in the chest by police place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2.Hide Caption 88 of 160A young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong.A young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 89 of 160Police detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies.Police detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies.Hide Caption 90 of 160Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Hide Caption 91 of 160A protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/world/gallery/china-70th-anniversary/index.html" target="_blank">70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,</a> demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong.A protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/world/gallery/china-70th-anniversary/index.html" target="_blank">70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,</a> demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong.Hide Caption 92 of 160Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong's Admiralty area on October 1.Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong's Admiralty area on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong’s Admiralty area on October 1.Hide Caption 93 of 160Pro-democracy protesters form a "Pepe the Frog" themed human chain on Monday, September 30.Pro-democracy protesters form a "Pepe the Frog" themed human chain on Monday, September 30. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters form a “Pepe the Frog” themed human chain on Monday, September 30.Hide Caption 94 of 160A man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29.A man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29.Hide Caption 95 of 160Bus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22.Bus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestBus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22.Hide Caption 96 of 160Pro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22.Pro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22.Hide Caption 97 of 160A pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15.A pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15.Hide Caption 98 of 160Pro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to "Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong."Pro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to "Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong." Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to “Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong.”Hide Caption 99 of 160Demonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13.Demonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13.Hide Caption 100 of 160Police escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6.Police escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6.Hide Caption 101 of 160Protesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters.Protesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters.Hide Caption 102 of 160Protesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6.Protesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6.Hide Caption 103 of 160A protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5.A protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5.Hide Caption 104 of 160A man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4.A man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4.Hide Caption 105 of 160A woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier.A woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier.Hide Caption 106 of 160Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3.Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3.Hide Caption 107 of 160Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong.Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads “five major demands are indispensable” at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 108 of 160Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport.Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport.Hide Caption 109 of 160A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.Hide Caption 110 of 160A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.Hide Caption 111 of 160Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Hide Caption 112 of 160Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 113 of 160A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.Hide Caption 114 of 160An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.Hide Caption 115 of 160Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Hide Caption 116 of 160Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. It was one of the most violent nights seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Hide Caption 117 of 160A police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25.A police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25.Hide Caption 118 of 160Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSome protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Hide Caption 119 of 160Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br />Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br /> Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.Hide Caption 120 of 160Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Hide Caption 121 of 160Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23. Photos: Hong Kong unrestCell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Hide Caption 122 of 160Protesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18.Protesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18.Hide Caption 123 of 160Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Hide Caption 124 of 160A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 125 of 160Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Hide Caption 126 of 160A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, protesters flooded the airport. Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Hide Caption 127 of 160A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.Hide Caption 128 of 160A display board shows canceled flights on August 13.A display board shows canceled flights on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA display board shows canceled flights on August 13.Hide Caption 129 of 160Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMedics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Hide Caption 130 of 160A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.Hide Caption 131 of 160Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Hide Caption 132 of 160A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute.A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong’s morning rush-hour commute.Hide Caption 133 of 160A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.Hide Caption 134 of 160A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.Hide Caption 135 of 160A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.Hide Caption 136 of 160Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMembers of Hong Kong’s medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Hide Caption 137 of 160The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThe emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.Hide Caption 138 of 160A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.Hide Caption 139 of 160A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.Hide Caption 140 of 160Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26.Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTravelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong’s international airport on Friday, July 26.Hide Caption 141 of 160Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Hide Caption 142 of 160Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long.Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMasked men in white T-shirts are seen after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station in Yuen Long.Hide Caption 143 of 160Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMedical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Hide Caption 144 of 160The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district.The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThe office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district.Hide Caption 145 of 160Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Hide Caption 146 of 160A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.Hide Caption 147 of 160A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 148 of 160Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestColumns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Hide Caption 149 of 160Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestHelicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 150 of 160A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.Hide Caption 151 of 160A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK."A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK." Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”Hide Caption 152 of 160Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 153 of 160An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.Hide Caption 154 of 160Protesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12.Protesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12.Hide Caption 155 of 160By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill. Photos: Hong Kong unrestBy the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.Hide Caption 156 of 160A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.Hide Caption 157 of 160Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Hide Caption 158 of 160Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted.Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.Hide Caption 159 of 160Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Hide Caption 160 of 16004 hong kong protest 010501 hong kong protest 010102 hong kong protest 010102 hong kong protest 123101 hong kong protest 123001 hong kong protest 122801 hong kong protest 122503 hong kong protests 122501 hk protests 120801 hong kong 120102 hong kong 120104 hong kong elections03 hong kong elections01 hong kong elections02 hong kong elections02 hong kong unrest 1122 CROP03 hong kong unrest 112101 hong kong unrest 112102 hong kong unrest 112102 hong kong unrest 112003 hong kong unrest 111902 hong kong unrest 111901 hong kong unrest 111918 hong kong 111816 hong kong 111806 hong kong unrest 111808 hong kong unrest 111810 hong kong unrest 111817 hong kong 111809 hong kong unrest 111811 hong kong unrest 111802 hong kong unrest 111801 hong kong unrest 1118bpt106 hong kong protests 111719bpt104 hong kong protests 110919bpt101 hong kong protests 111719bpt103 hong kong protests 11171901 hong kong unrest 111606 hong kong unrest 1114 RESTRICTED05 hong kong unrest 111404 hong kong unrest 1114hong kong protest flaming arrow 111315 hong kong unrest 111302 hong kong protests 111213 hong kong unrest 111205 hong kong unrest 111207 hong kong unrest 111203 hong kong unrest 111101 hong kong unrest 111104 hong kong unrest 111002 hong kong unrest 111004 hong kong protests 110802 hong kong protests 110802 hong kong protest 110701 hong kong protests 110202 hong kong protests 110203 hong kong protests 110204 hong kong halloween 103101 hong kong halloween 103101 hong kong unrest 102905 hong kong unrest 102703 hong kong unrest 102601 hong kong unrest 1027 RESTRICTED02 hong kong unrest 1017 RESTRICTED01 hong kong unrest 102501 hong kong protests 102006 hong kong protests 102002 hong kong carrie lam 101602 hong kong protests 101505 hong kong unrest 1013 RESTRICTED01 hong kong unrest 101404 hong kong unrest 101302 hong kong unrest 101301 hong kong unrest 100901 hong kong unrest 100702 hong kong unrest 100706 hk protests 100607 hk protests 100608 hk protests 100601 hong kong protests 100503 hong kong protests 100504 hong kong protests 100505 hong kong protests 100507 hong kong protests 100509 hong kong protests 100501 hong kong 100406 hong kong unrest 100204 hong kong unrest 100208 week in photos 100403 hong kong unrest 100116 hong kong protest 100109 hong kong protest 100117b hong kong protest 100101 hong kong 093002 hong kong unrest 092801 hong kong unrest 092202 hong kong unrest 092202 hong kong 091501 hong kong protests 091302 hong kong protests 091301 hong kong protest 090603 hong kong protest 090604 hong kong protest 090601 hong kong protests 090502 hong kong 090403 hong kong 090404 hong kong 0903 RESTRICTED03 hong kong protest 090204 hong kong protest 090101 hong kong protests 090102 hong kong protests 083106 hong kong protests 083104 hong kong protests 083105 hong kong protests 0831bpt102 hong kong protests 0831201902 hong kong protests 083001 hong kong protest unf 082501 hk pistol 082503 hong kong protest unf 082504 hong kong protests 082405 hong kong protests 082407 hong kong protests 082302 hk protests 081803 hk protests 081806 hk protests 081809 hong kong 081417 hong kong 081303 hong kong 081313 hong kong 0813 RESTRICTEDhong kong protest 0811 0304b hong kong protest 081110 hong kong 080501 hong kong 080505 hong kong 080501 hong kong protest 080402 hong kong protests 080304 hong kong protests 080309 hong kong protests06 hong kong protests12 hong kong protests01 hong kong protest 072611 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong unrest 072201 hong kong protest 072101 hong kong protest 072201 hong kong protests 071321 hong kong protest 070106 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED20 hong kong protest 070104 hong kong protest 0701 RESTRICTED11 hong kong protest 070107 hong kong protest 07010701 HK rallies 02HK rallies25 hong kong protests 06120612 HK protests 1020 hong kong protests 061224 Hong Kong Extradition 061002 hong kong protests 060901 hong kong protest 0608Hong Kong’s transformationSince then, crackdown measures that would have been previously unthinkable have arrived at a dizzying speed, drastically transforming Hong Kong’s political and social landscape.Nearly all of the city’s leading pro-democracy figures, including activists and politicians, have either been jailed or forced into exile. No opposition lawmakers are left in the legislature, which now allows only “patriots” to run for office. The city’s most outspoken newspaper, Apple Daily, has been shuttered, followed by a number of smaller pro-democracy outlets, while dozens of civil society groups, from unions and churches to activist groups, have disbanded. Memories of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, from statues to annual commemoration vigils, are being erased from public spaces. One year after Hong Kong's national security law, residents feel Beijing's tightening gripOne year after Hong Kong's national security law, residents feel Beijing's tightening gripOne year after Hong Kong's national security law, residents feel Beijing's tightening gripTens of thousands of citizens are voting with their feet, emigrating to democratic countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.Responding to CNN’s request for comment on the city’s diminishing freedoms, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong government said: “Many freedoms and rights are not absolute, and can be restricted for reasons including protection of national security and public safety.”But Xi’s transformation of Hong Kong is not only about chipping away the freedoms it once had — it also seeks to reshape the city in China’s image and connect it more deeply with the motherland.Starting from this year, schools, including some kindergartens, are required to hold a ceremony to raise the national flag at least once a week, where the national anthem must be played and sung. In classrooms, national security education has been introduced to the curriculum to “develop in students a sense of belonging to the country, an affection for the Chinese people, a sense of national identity,” while books by pro-democracy figures, or others that are deemed politically sensitive, have been removed from the shelves of public libraries.Hong Kong police are now adopting the goose-stepping marching style of the Chinese army, abandoning the British style they have used since the colonial area.Hong Kong police officers perform a new goose-stepping march, the same style used by the Chinese military, to mark the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong on April 15, 2021.Hong Kong police officers perform a new goose-stepping march, the same style used by the Chinese military, to mark the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong on April 15, 2021.Hong Kong police officers perform a new goose-stepping march, the same style used by the Chinese military, to mark the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong on April 15, 2021.Days ahead of the 25th handover ceremony, the Wong Tai Sin temple, a Taoist shrine popular with local worshipers, became the first religious premise to hold a flag-raising ceremony in Hong Kong, after building a permanent platform for the Chinese and Hong Kong flags. Under Xi, Chinese flags have become ubiquitous at temples, churches and mosques across mainland China.Hong Kong officials speak proudly of efforts to embed Hong Kong deeper into China’s national economic master plans, including developing the Greater Bay Area — a region Beijing hopes will one day rival the bay areas of San Francisco, New York and Tokyo.In 2018, Xi officiated the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. The same year, the West Kowloon Station opened, connecting Hong Kong with the mainland by high-speed rail.Since the pandemic, however, both projects have lain mostly idle, due to strict border controls between Hong Kong and mainland China — the last places in the world still adhering to a stringent zero-Covid strategy.According to local media reports, Xi is expected to cross that border at least three times in his two-day trip, as he plans to spend the night in Shenzhen — without being subject to centralized quarantine like ordinary travelers.Meanwhile, across the border in Hong Kong, thousands of officials, guests and staff have begun quarantining in the city’s hotels since Wednesday, merely to attend the ceremony.Xi’s visit may be historic on many fronts, but for many Hong Kongers, his presence will only confirm how much has changed in so little time.

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