It’s now been several weeks since the Hong Kong Protests began and areas of Hong Kong Central and Kowloon side acquired roadblocks and occupiers. It would seem that the early intentions of holding fast till a result is achieved still holds true.
From an ‘outsiders’ perspective it’s a strange split between what I’d call ‘protest Hong Kong’ and the rest of the city. Areas such as Admiralty (where the Government Offices are) and Mong Kok are still being occupied, at times but thousands of protesters. However elsewhere is the city or even just a few blocks away ‘life goes on’.
In most of greater Hong Kong you would hardly know there was a large scale pro democracy protest kicking off except for the disruptions to traffic and public transport.
It’s almost as if the protesters are not only having to fight the Government but also the city itself. A city of 7 million doesn’t want to be bought to a standstill.
Since the early use of tear gas by the police it seemed a lull was reached, with the protesters just being let be. Maybe in the hope enthusiasm would die out and the protest would come to an end. However with the occupation still going on it seems to have reached a new stage. With attempts by police to stifle and remove protesters but without having the power to do so fully. Sadly there have also be reports and evidence of police brutality and treats against the media present.
An interesting time to be in Hong Kong.
The images embedded in this post are from early on in the protest, below is a short video about the protests up until this point from the ‘Hong Kong Protest for Democracy News Page on Facebook.