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30 Sep 2014 05:22 PM EST

The umbrella was initially used by activists in Hong Kong to shield themselves from police pepper spray. But it has quickly emerged as an unlikely symbol of resistance in ongoing pro-democracy protests there. The #OccupyCentral demonstrations began peacefully last week, and escalated Sunday when police attempted to disperse the protesters, who are calling for democracy in Hong Kong and free elections in 2017. Tens of thousands of activists remained in the streets Tuesday, defying government calls to disperse. Throughout the protests, activists have distributed imagery incorporating the umbrella and other symbols of resistance on social media.

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