Tear gas rained down on Hong Kong on Monday (August 5) as the city's months' long protests intensified over 24 hours.
Using wooden boards and umbrellas as shields, the protesters ran towards the tear gas, trapping the canisters and then dowsing them in water so they could stand their ground.
Pockets of activism spread across all main regions starting on Sunday (August 4) night.
Then - a general strike during Monday's workday spread tens of thousands of citizens around the territory.
In a northern suburb, people of all ages flooded malls and stadiums.
(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 36-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, KIT CHEUNG, SAYING:
"My heart breaks when I see so many students come out to protest. If you asked someone like me, who has a family and children, to protest on the front-line I wouldn't dare [BIT OF UPSOT THEN COVER THE REST WITH VISUALS OF the mall] but not working for one day, that's doable. That's why I am here to show my support. I hope Chief Executive Carrie Lam will respond to the citizen's requests."
Those requests started with the complete withdrawal of an extradition bill, that could have sent people to trial in mainland China.
Now, the movement has grown into a much broader backlash against Hong Kong's government and its political masters in Beijing.
During the strike, hundreds of flights were cancelled, roads were occupied and police stations besieged.
As night fell, protesters barricaded the outside of this station, before setting it alight.
They then dispersed before police had a chance to clear them out.
Later in the night a new front opened up.
An armed mob brandishing wooden sticks were spotted on Hong Kong's main island.
One witness told Reuters at least 13 men began attacking the anti-government protesters, who fought back.
The mob then dispersed.
By Tuesday (August 6) - an eerie sense of calm in the deeply divided city.
Graffiti was removed, and roads re-opened.
In Beijing, the Hong Kong Affairs warned not to mistake the mainland's restraint for weakness.
And called into question the semi-autonomous territory's education system - saying schools need to teach their children about patriotism, their history and culture more effectively.
But in Hong Kong, further calls to protest have already been announced.
As the territory's summer of discontent shows no signs of diffusing.