This is one of the most powerful photos I have seen for the Hong Kong protesting. A man is holding up two umbrellas in unassailable confidence, with only goggles and a mask to protect himself. There is chaos everywhere around him, gas about to conceal him, umbrellas and litter covering the floor, but he stands strong. To me this is a very powerful picture because you could see the determination and perseverance that he has, like he is never going to back down.
This photo also sends a powerful message. A girl had I think sealed her mouth with tape, an X written across the bottom half of her face. Her eyes convey sorrow and even desperation. I think she is trying to convey that she can’t let her voice be heard, almost like tape is taping her mouth shut. The protesters want democracy but China won’t listen.