Image of Asia: Watching talks in Hong Kong streets
In this photo by Vincent Yu, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district give thumbs down as they watch televised talks between government officials and students late Tuesday. The Admiralty protest zone sprawls across a normally busy highway and around the side of the city government headquarters. Dozens if not hundreds of tents are set up there, and a few more appear each day. The protest zone also has makeshift tables in a study area, a phone-charging station run by volunteers and powered by a generator, plus supplies like goggles, umbrellas, snacks and bottles of water that were donated by supporters. The number of protesters usually swells at night into the thousands, then falls to hundreds or fewer in the mornings. The mood is usually light, with families dropping by on the weekends, students studying outside their tents and office workers stepping out for lunch. In contrast, the crowd in gritty blue-collar Mong Kok is a bit more unruly and less willing to follow what the student leaders say.