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A young boy collects empty water bottles discarded by police after a violent protest at Freedom Park. // Alex Consiglio
A young boy collects empty water bottles discarded by police after a violent protest at Freedom Park. // Alex Consiglio

By Alex Consiglio

After protesters gathered and were violently removed from Freedom Park, where they were demanding the release of 23 people detained on January 2 and 3 be released from prison, a young boy found opportunity—military police discarded hundreds of water bottles and the boy quickly collected them to exchange them for change.

The boy, calmly tip-toeing around police taking a break in the shade of trees, caught my attention as I noticed his bag full of plastic bottles was nearly as big as him.