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HKFP Lens: A movement without a face – the demands of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protesters

Over the summer, Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protesters have increasingly donned face masks and helmets to avoid identification and protect themselves from violence. But behind each mask is a personal story of political awakening, and a set of political demands and aspirations. A visiting photographer and artist, who wished to remain anonymous, invited Hong Kong’s protesters to write their messages on post-it notes to cover their faces – all in the style of the ubiquitous “Lennon Walls.”
Movement without a face

“Freedom.”

Movement without a face

“We will only accept when universal suffrage is implemented for the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive. HK!”

Movement without a face

“Carrie Lam, respond to the five demands! John Lee, Carrie Lam and Teresa Cheng step down!”

Movement without a face

“Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times.”

Movement without a face

“Anti-triad.”

Movement without a face

“The people in power have swept their conscience under the carpet”

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“Complete systemic reform. ‘The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear.’”

Movement without a face

“Withdraw the immoral law. Respond to the 5 demands. Stay strong, Hong Kong!”

Movement without a face

“The ridiculous reality.”

Movement without a face

“We are not asking for independence. We are not asking for political reform. We are only asking for the extradition bill to be withdrawn. Why is that so difficult?”

Movement without a face

“Free Hong Kong, stand by Hong Kong!”

Movement without a face

“Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times.”

Movement without a face

“Give back our democracy and autonomy! We are afraid of getting hurt, but we are even more afraid of an unjust society. We want justice!” “Condemn violence. 612, 721, 728. The police are despicable.”

Movement without a face

“Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times.” “False changes will only bring true revolution.”

Movement without a face

“You may feel hopeless, but don’t give up your life for this government. It isn’t worth it. Stay alive and use your vote to bring change to Hong Kong.” “‘Black police’ bullies the weak and kneels before the evil.”

HKFP Lens: A movement without a face - the demands of Hong Kong's anti-extradition bill protesters