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We were in Hong Kong on the day before the police removed the remains of the Umbrella Revolution. The fervor had passed, the people gone, but the encampment remained intact, perfectly maintained. There were restaurant tents, hospital tents, shopping tents. The graffiti was on post-it notes and removable banners. It says something about the civil society in Hong Kong, a battlefield more akin to a county fair, left undamaged by protestors, authorities and miscreants alike. This was the biggest challenge to the communist party since Tiananmen, 25 years before, where hundreds of students were killed for espousing democracy. Here everyone was horrified when, in a breach of civility by the police, tear gas was used. Unfortunately that civility and much else would end 5 years later.