1. Various of protesters holding signs during a march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 5 August 2019
2. Wide of police firing tear gas in Wong Tai Sin
Hong Kong – 10 August 2019
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Wayne, protester and philosophy professor (face obscured and last name not provided due to fear of arrest):
"During these two months, we lost a lot of time, we lost a lot of money, we lost a lot of health because of the expired tear gas. But we can easily recover from the harm of tear gas, we can earn back our money. But if we lose this fight, Hong Kong's democracy will never be recovered."
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 28 July 2019
4. Various of police firing tear gas in Sheung Wan
5. Wide of protester on the frontline throwing a tear gas cannister back at police in Sheung Wan
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 11 August 2019
6. Mid of protesters throwing tear gas cannisters back at police while holding umbrellas in Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong – 10 August 2019
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Wayne, protester and philosophy professor (face obscured and last name not provided due to fear of arrest):
"To Hong Kong citizens, I know it's been a really hard time for us since June. But please stay strong. I look forward to seeing the day that we can celebrate without the masks, without the goggles, without any expired tear gas."
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 14 August 2019
8. Mid of state-run Global Times journalist being grabbed by protesters at Hong Kong International Airport
9. Various of protesters tying the journalist's hands to an airport trolley
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 14 July 2019
10. Various of standoff between protesters and police in Sha Tin
ARCHIVE: Hong Kong – 27 July 2019
11. Wide of large crowds of protesters in Yuen Long
A self-described "front line" protester in Hong Kong says he isn't worried about the toll the demonstrations has taken on his health or finances.
Wayne, who spoke wearing a mask and did not provide his last name due to fear of arrest, said his main concern is that "Hong Kong's democracy will never be recovered."
After more than two months on the front lines of the pro-democracy demonstrations, face-offs with police have become part of the 33-year-old philosophy professor's new normal.
He's witnessed the largely peaceful movement against proposed changes to the city's extradition law morph into a summer of tear gas and rubber bullets.
The movement reached a moment of reckoning after protesters occupying Hong Kong's airport last week held two mainland Chinese men captive, beating them because they believed the men were infiltrating their movement.
One man turned out to be a reporter for China's state-owned Global Times newspaper.
Pro-democracy lawmakers and fellow demonstrators have questioned whether the operation had gone too far.
The demands grew from opposing legislation that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited for trials in mainland China's murky judicial system to pressing for democratic elections.
Protesters are also demanding Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's resignation and an investigation into allegations of police brutality at the demonstrations.
Week after week, protesters have clashed with police. Every round of tear gas only seemed to deepen their conviction that the government did not care.
Wayne said he's "lost a lot of health" from police use of expired tear gas.
Officials have declined to answer questions about police tactics, including the alleged use of expired tear gas.
To Lam, "violent rioters" are bent on destroying the city's economy.
To China's ruling Communist Party, their actions are "the first signs of terrorism."
To the most die-hard protesters, there's no turning back.
Wayne urged his fellow citizens to "stay strong" during this time of unrest.
He remains hopeful for a resolution and is looking forward to the day demonstrators can celebrate "without the masks, without the goggles, without any expired tear gas."