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The use of teargas by the Hong Kong Police is widely credited with intensifying the Occupy Central Movement. According to numerous news articles, dramatic images of teargas being fired at protesters – the vast majority of whom were students – generated public sympathy and altered the tone of the Occupy Movement. The imagery is jittering: a public intersection, marked by international hotels, corporate offices, and traffic gridlock, suddenly resembled a war zone.

From: Mapping Cultural Space Across Eurasia