The youthful but organized pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" has startled the world with its good nature — including trash removal, graffiti scrubbing and notes of apology for the urban gridlock.
And singing. Lots of singing.
The teenagers, college students and young professionals occupying 2.3 miles of prime Hong Kong property can be seen collecting garbage — separating items for recycling, naturally —erasing non-peaceful slogans and, in some cases, doing homework to pass the time.
It is perhaps a surprising approach to civil disobedience. But the movement still presents a huge and unprecedented challenge to the authority of mainland China, which recently announced it would vet candidates for the 2017 elections.
"I came out today to support the movement. No student leaders or occupy leaders urged me to come out. I came out on my own," said Pierre Wong, a 36-year-old IT technician.
Activists have been using a Google spreadsheet to organize supplies including water, food — and more umbrellas, to defend against the humid weather and police tear gas.
Among Wednesday's protesters was a secondary school teacher, Alex Ho, who climbed on top of a bus stop to paint over red graffiti that had read: "Dismiss the government."
"This is our responsibility, to try and be a good citizen, not to damage Hong Kong but to try and show peace and love," said the teacher, 34. The cover-up finished, he received applause and a "good job, man!"