The background colors, black white and red, give the composition a flat and striking place to sit. The red of the flag drips down onto the helmets of the police officers, representing the blood of the people on their hands. I used a gold/yellow for the revolution fist as that is the color of the emblem in the center of their flag. The vertical orientation of the fist represents uprising. I chose to use the same facial features on all of the people to reiterate the fact that they stand as one. The Gestalt Principals that I chose to focus on were proximity and similarity.
Overall, I am happy with the way the final, 2nd version. There was a saying in a documentary that i watched about the Revolution on Netflix in which all of the people kept chanting "one hand". I wish I would have incorporated that text somewhere in my design, as many other people included text in their projects successfully. Also, I would have changed the helmets of the police to make them look more "helmety".