Portrait of a protest

Portrait of a protest

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Thousands of pro-democracy protestors have come out onto Hong Kong’s streets, as they call for full democracy in upcoming elections, including the freedom to nominate candidates.

At rallies being held in the run up to the “Occupy Central” protest, Reuters photographer Bobby Yip took portraits of some of the people who supported the call for change.

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Gary, 14, poses for a photograph during a rally. Wong said, "We have to fight for ourselves. The future is in our own hands."
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Gary, 14, poses for a photograph during a rally. Wong said, "We have to fight for ourselves. The future is in our own hands."

John Ma, 62, a lecturer, and his wife May, 50, pose at a rally ahead of an "Occupy Central.” As a former student leader, Ma said, "I support student protest and tell them to grab their chance."
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

John Ma, 62, a lecturer, and his wife May, 50, pose at a rally ahead of an "Occupy Central.” As a former student leader, Ma said, "I support student protest and tell them to grab their chance."

Social worker Stanley Kwong said: “We have to voice out our ethical values and our conscience."
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Social worker Stanley Kwong said: “We have to voice out our ethical values and our conscience."

Chan Kin-hoi, retired, 76, said: "I may change nothing, but I have to show my disagreement."
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Chan Kin-hoi, retired, 76, said: "I may change nothing, but I have to show my disagreement."

School students Jack Chan, 17, Paul Lai, 18, Agnes Ng, 17 and Mo Lau, 19, left to right, blame the government for not promising a true democracy.
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

School students Jack Chan, 17, Paul Lai, 18, Agnes Ng, 17 and Mo Lau, 19, left to right, blame the government for not promising a true democracy.

Artist Auyeung Tung, 36, said the “lives of the grassroots will be improved when there is true democracy."
. HONG KONG, China. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Artist Auyeung Tung, 36, said the “lives of the grassroots will be improved when there is true democracy."

Businessman Terrence Tang, 28, and his girlfriend Jacqueline Cheung, 30, a social worker, pose for a photograph at a rally. Tang said he opposed “unreasonable argument against the movement.”
. HONG KONG, CHINA. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Businessman Terrence Tang, 28, and his girlfriend Jacqueline Cheung, 30, a social worker, pose for a photograph at a rally. Tang said he opposed “unreasonable argument against the movement.”