At Home in Hong Kong’s Surprisingly Comfortable Protest Camps

TIME

“I have never seen Hong Kong this organized, this nice, this united,” says Jamie Yai, a 34-year-old flight attendant, as he watches his two small children toddle through the city’s largest protest site in the downtown Admiralty district.

The mostly student demonstrators who have been camped out here since late September have no single leader, nor are they agreed on how long to continue their occupation of three key areas of Hong Kong in their campaign to press Beijing for freer elections. The protests haven’t been without rancor or violence, either. But one would never know that from looking at the camps.

The Admiralty camp has been named Umbrella Square by the protesters after their movement’s symbol. Though nobody is in charge, Umbrella Square and the two other tent communities run as well as anything else in this city of 7.2 million. Many of the hundreds of tents have addresses…

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