A year ago, Hong Kong's famously busy streets were shut down by pro-democracy activists who occupied them for 79 days in what became known as the "Umbrella Movement."
The protests were led by students and other activists who took to the streets to voice their opposition to Beijing's plan to restrict elections for the leader of the semiautonomous Chinese city.
During the protests, huge crowds jammed the streets outside of the government headquarters on Sept. 26, 2014, after police arrested the popular teenage student leader Joshua Wong and others and held them for two days.
Police attempts to scatter the crowds by using tear gas backfired, enraging the protesters and kick-starting their rally, which some called the Umbrella Movement and others dubbed Occupy Central.
The movement fizzled out as the government stuck to a hard line and authorities eventually cleared out all three protest camps.
Traffic and pedestrians reclaimed the three sites, and today there are few visible signs left of Hong Kong's most tumultuous period since its handover from Britain in 1997.
This combination of Oct. 18, 2014, top, and Sept. 26, 2015 photos shows pro-democracy protesters crying as anti-riot police are moving in to disperse them in the Mong Kok district during the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, and two women walking at the same site almost one year later. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
This combination of Oct. 18, 2014, top, and Sept. 26, 2015 photos shows protesters building a barricade to stop anti-riot police officers in the occupied area in the Mong Kok district during the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, and a man cycling past the same road almost one year later. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Text from the AP news story, AP PHOTOS: Hong Kong Democracy Protest Sites, 1 Year Later.
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