Hong Kong protests: Student proposes to girlfriend in midst of Umbrella Revolution demonstrations

Yau Chi-hang, 22, got down on one knee in front of hundreds of protesters

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Two students have become engaged in the midst of demonstrations in Hong Kong while being cheered on by hundreds of fellow protesters.

Yau Chi-hang, 22, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, 21-year-old Crystal Chan, on Sunday morning as another day of the occupation started.

She was wearing a plastic cape to defend against tear gas, and the rain, while he had protest slogans scrawled on his arm.

Photographers captured the moment as surrounding protesters in Mong Kok watched, with Chan fortunately giving a resounding “yes”.

Afterwards, the university students chanted “real universal suffrage” and “Leung Chun-ying [Hong Kong’s Chief Executive] step down,” the South China Morning Post reported.

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Yau, 22, gets down to his knees and proposes to his girlfriend Chan, 21, in Hong Kong

When asked about children, they told reporters: “We hope our next generation won't have to be occupying the streets as they'll have true universal suffrage.”

The couple, who have reportedly been seeing each other for two months, plan to get married next year.

Speaking to ITV News, Yau said he had been up all night before the 7am proposal.

“To begin with, I had been thinking of proposing on the 21st,” he added.

“But then I saw there's so many people here, so why not do it today, so that everyone can be a witness to our love."

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have become an unlikely hotbed of romance, with newlyweds choosing them as the setting for their wedding photographs last week.

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A couple take wedding photographs in front of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on 1 October

Protesters said they would lift a blockade of key Government buildings on Sunday amid fears of a police crackdown.

Talks had been planned between student leaders and the Government but protesters pulled out on Friday after clashes with police

Thousands of people are occupying several parts of Hong Kong in continued opposition to the Chinese Government’s refusal to let them select their own candidates for leadership elections in 2017, allowing only pre-approved politicians to stand.

The unpopular Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has urged people to leave the protests, which have been declared “illegal” by China.

One of the key demands of the occupation is his immediate resignation, along with proper consultation on political reform to allow free and fair elections with universal suffrage.

The movement, dubbed the Umbrella Revolution because of the widespread use of umbrellas against tear gas and pepper spray, has sparked solidarity protests around the world.

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