Men with microphones stand on the center medians preaching the need for peace and nonviolence and for what seems to be on the top of everyone’s mind — the resignation of Chief Executive C.Y. Leung. Sporadic chants — We want democracy! China leave us alone! — spring from the people.

Democracy walls, reminiscent of the Tiananmen protests in 1989, made of index cards, banners and cartoons, have appeared across any and all suitable surface.

One large black banner, furled from overpass to the street 20 feet below, declares: Democracy. The smoke will not last. The flower of Democracy will bloom. Read the full coverage at