The standoff is not a single-issue triggered mass event but the result of two strands of social mobilisation, which includes radicalised youth activism

Headlines in the mainstream media such as “Hong Kong’s gone crazy”, “Umbrella Revolution” and “Communist China’s worst nightmare” have attracted widespread attention. They depict recent events in Hong Kong with spectacular images of riot police firing tear gas, protesters chanting and raising fists, and students camping on streets between Transformer-style skyscrapers and in the midst of subtropical thunderstorms.