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Hong Kong protests

Painting with tear gas -- the art of Hong Kong’s protest movement

From comics to poetry, creations are cleverly and constantly delivered to keep the movement alive

Perry Dino works on an oil painting on June 12 shortly before being engulfed in tear gas. "It’s invaluable," said the artist. "Not many paintings have tear gas as a raw material." (Courtesy of Taylor Ng at Chick Chack Studio)

HONG KONG -- When artist Perry Dino set out into the streets on June 12 with a paintbrush and canvas to capture images of Hong Kong's nascent protest movement, he found himself working with an unexpected new material -- tear gas. 

The police had fired over 240 rounds of the noxious chemical to disperse the thousands of black-shirted demonstrators who had surrounded the legislature to protest a controversial extradition bill, and Perry, perched on a nearby flyover, was suddenly choking on the poisonous clouds filling the air. It wasn't his safety that he was concerned about, however.  

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