Meet 15 Protesters Who Are Fighting For Democracy In Hong Kong

Hong kongREUTERS/Carlos BarriaA man looks at the protesters around him as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.

As protests continue to rage and grow in Hong Kong, images of massive crowds demanding free and open elections are everywhere.

But it’s easy to forget that those crowds are made up of individuals, each with their own opinions, passions, and reasons for being there.

Reuters photographer Bobby Yip decided to find more about the people who make up these gigantic demonstrations. What he found was a cross section of modern Hong Kong, individuals who are different on paper but share in common goals.

(All captions by Bobby Yip/REUTERS)

Benny Tai, 50, one of the founders of the 'Occupy Central' civil disobedience movement, poses during a rally in Hong Kong September 26, 2014. Tai said, 'I hope more people will join and hope it will be peaceful.' China rules Hong Kong under a 'one country, two systems' formula that accords the territory limited democracy.

Auyeung Tung, 36, an artist, also poses for a photograph prior to the main protests. Auyeung said, 'Lives of the grassroots will be improved when there is true democracy.'

Genie Mak, 19 (L), and Kitz Yu, 21, both university students, are seen here. Mak said, 'If I don't come out today I may feel regret.'

John Ma (L), 62, a lecturer, here with his wife May, 50, said, 'I support student protest and tell them to grab their chance.'

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

'I am not keen on Occupy Central but I oppose those unreasonable argument against the movement,' said Terrence Tang (L), 28, a businessman, seen here with his girlfriend Jacqueline Cheung, 30, a social worker.

(From L-R), Jack, 17, Paul, 18, Agnes, 17 and Mo, 19, pose for a photograph together. The four secondary school students blame the government for not promising a true democracy.

Stanley Kwong, 30, a social worker, said, 'We have to voice out our ethical values and our conscience.'

Chan Kin-hoi, 76, who is retired, poses for a photograph. Chan said, 'I may change nothing, but I have to show my disagreement.'

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