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  • Traffic cones, suitcases and laser pointers.

  • These are just some of the objects that have been made into tactical gear by demonstrators in Hong Kong.

  • Protests here began nine weeks ago in response to a controversial extradition bill.

  • But demonstrators are now demanding more widespread democratic reforms.

  • Protesters have faced a heavy police crackdown.

  • And while some have gotten violent by throwing bricks and using slingshots, many more have employed innovative tactics to stay safe.

  • They've tried to extinguish tear gas canisters with water bottles, using traffic cones and metal bowls to snuff out the gas before it spreads.

  • On the front lines, many demonstrators wear makeshift armor.

  • Saran wrap becomes skin protection, while garbage can lids and luggage are made into shields.

  • The near-weekly protests have also stood out for their meticulous organization.

  • Videos show protesters forming human supply chains.

  • Some over one mile long.

  • And to communicate what supplies are needed, they use hand signals passed along the chain.

  • In this video, protesters are asking for helmets.

  • Several videos show how the massive crowds part to allow ambulances free passage.

  • For the most part, the protests are organized anonymously.

  • Posters with information about marches are shared through AirDrop and Telegram chats.

  • Protesters have adopted a strategy, they're calling "Be Water" in order to evade the police.

  • It means that they move quickly rather than occupying a single location.

  • You can see that in this video.

  • A large group of protesters entering a train station, so they can travel to another area.

  • And here, riot police have just arrived to disperse a crowd that has already left.

  • Anti-government demonstrators, most wearing masks, have also established new ways to hide their identities.

  • Laser pointers and spray paint are used to obscure security cameras.

  • And some people leave single-use transit tickets at train stations so that protesters don't have to use the card registered to their name.

  • It doesn't seem like the protests will end anytime soon.

  • Though hundreds have been arrested in recent weeks, thousands more have been able to evade police capture.

  • It's clear that as the demonstrations continue, this level of organization will remain key to keeping the movement alive.

Traffic cones, suitcases and laser pointers.

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How Hong Kong's Protesters Evade Police and Keep the Demonstrations Alive | Visual Investigations

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    Lian posted on 2019/08/20
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