I’ve lots of photographer friends around the world. One of my good friends, who wishes to remain anonymous, currently resides in Hong Kong. However, he does not blog or share his photos much. So we took this opportunity to team up and take a walk with you inside the “occupied zones” of Admiralty, Hong Kong Island and Mong Kok, Kowloon. Complete with English captions.
- For the complete story, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hong_Kong_protests
- The initial movement of “Occupy Central With Love and Peace” was caused by the Chinese central government’s decision on electoral reform regarding future Hong Kong Chief Executive and Legislative Council elections.
- Police tactics (including the use of tear gas and pepper-spray) and violent attacks on demonstrators by anti-occupying opponents, allegedly including Triad members (Mobsters) and paid volunteers, triggered more citizens to join the protests by occupying streets of Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
- It’s called The Umbrella Movement because the unarmed demonstrators used umbrellas and face masks to protect themselves against the police’s tear gas, pepper spray and batons.
- College and high school students play a large part in the movement.
- “689” is a nick name of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong given by the citizens, who is commonly known as C.Y. Leung, in reference to the number of votes he received in 2012 when he was elected, from the 1,200-member Election Committee.
- Occupiers have been known to sing the “happy birthday song”, to ignore anyone who tries to pick a fight (sometimes literally) with them.
Occupy Central – 22nd October, 2014
Blockade on Connaught Road
“I want true, universal suffrage” written on the column.
Tents on Connaught road over looking Tarmar, Site of People’s Liberation Army Headquarters in Hong Kong. Formerly the Headquarters of British Overseas, Hong Kong.
People sleeping in tents in front of the blockades to prevent police or anti-occupying supporters from tearing it down.
Street sign on Connaught Road Central, with notes saying “This is Central, want to occupy? Let’s Occupy here.” “Let’s stay In Central” “The road to true, universal suffrage, where is it?” “If it’s unjust, speak up”.
On the umbrella: “Freedom will still blossom”, Pink paper: “Keep up the good work Hong Kong”
Tiny Umbrellas “Please help yourself” , “Holding tight onto freedom in the wind and the rain.” “Not afraid of the People’s Liberation Army, Not afraid of the HK Police, Not Afraid of the Triad: HERO.” “I want real universal suffrage, CY Leung (Chief Executive) should steps down” “Occupy Central with Peace”
It also includes instructions on how to make a paper umbrella.
Artwork depicting an umbrella on the road made up of water bottles. Chalks on the road saying “Hold up your umbrella”
A mock traditional Chinese ancestry memorial. With the stuffed animal wolf portraying Chief Executive CY Leung, completed with food, drinks and joss sticks/incense .
Close up of the blockade on Connaught Road, fences and signs tied together with chains and zip ties.
“No violence against citizens”, could imply opposition against the violence bought by the police and alleged help from Triad members.
Blockades on Cotton Tree Drive, next to the Bank Of America.
Wandering around, resting, chatting, and doing homework on top the concrete divider.
Various banners across a pedestrian bridge.
“With the endurance of tolerance, cross your heart, finish the mission and achieve universal suffrage”
Somebody decided to “go green” and plant in the middle of the road.
This is where the students study and do their homework, with signs all over saying ” Please Be Quiet “
People’s thoughts and dreams on sticky notes.
The umbrellas that were used by the protesters to protect themselves during the police firing of tear gas and pepper spray were stitched into an art piece.
“Hear the people sing” “Condemn police violence” “689(chief executive) get out of here” “9/28 I’m not leaving” “Restore justice within society” “Holding tight to freedom in the wind and the rain, I believe I can change the future”
Now this is a sight that is hard to forget; taken from the bridge as seen in the last photo.
One of the entrances to the government complex. “To our government employees who know right from wrong: We are holding up our umbrellas with love and peace. We don’t beg you to support “occupy central”; we hope you will speak from your conscience.
Volunteers making yellow ribbons, the symbol for this movement.
An umbrella tree, with more hopes and dreams written on some of them.
An art sculpture of a protester holding an umbrella. With a sign saying “I’m tired, but I am still holding it up, please don’t touch me”Black banner on the bridge said “I am sorry, I am in your way, for our future’s sake, please forgive us”
Lennon Wall, Hong Kong. On the side of Central Governments Office Podium
“Keep up the good work”
“On Strike” (School)
“The Umbrella Mansion / Villa de Umbrella”
A closer look at the Lennon Wall, Hong Kong.
Some of them were reading, some of them were writing, and some of them were photographing.
Some of the notes are as follow: “Keep up the good work” “Keep going” “Love my real Hong Kong” “Proud to be a Hong Konger” “Fight for democracy , Don’t give up”
“Chinese of other countries supports Democracy”
Some of the notes are as follows: “Thank you 80s and 90s children”, “689 (chief executive’s nick name) resign!”, “Support you guys till the end”,”Work hard students!”,”Peace”
“A great civic square with discipline for students….” “Keep calm and carry on” “Spirit of Hong Kong” “I want true, universal suffrage”
A display mocking the Chief Executive. “You Stupid” instead of Youtube. “Hello citizens, I am CY Wolf” “New Youtube hit””High up government officials / Low Intelligence” instead of High and Low slogan.
Occupy Mong Kok – 30th September, 2014
Looking at the occupy site from a distance on Nathan Road.
Traffic is diverted off Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Getting closer to the intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street, the heart of Occupy Mong Kok
“Police Commissioner, Step down. “
Yellow ribbons symbolizing the movement along the fence in the middle of Nathan Road.
Inside and outside of the occupied zone.
Bags of flour, rice, trash can and fence made up the blockade.
Another look of the blockade, with pellets, ropes, zip ties visible.
The Intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street, Occupied.
The “center stage” of Occupy Mong Kong, with signs around saying “Keep Calm”
A Bus that got trapped in the occupied zone. The banner reads “Peaceful assembly, CY Leung (Chief Executive) Steps down, I want true, universal Suffrage”
Students distributing supplies, assuming.
A supplies station set up outside a Bank. With lots of posters saying “To protect our safety, please do not photograph us” “Peaceful Demonstration, Do Not Charge”
They have towels, napkins, water, food, and more.
Peacefully sitting on the Nathan Road.
News reporters sat up above the MTR (Subway) entrance for a birds eye view.
It has been raining on and off that day, the news reporters covered their gears with plastic bags.
A closer look at the “center stage”.
Listening to someone giving a speech on the loud speaker.
The photographer himself holding a yellow ribbon.
A double decker bus that was trapped inside the occupied zone. “Keep calm, Carry On” “689 (chief executive) steps down” “It’s my HK and I will save it myself, Its my government and I will choose myself” “Support Students” “On Strike” “Oppose violent suppression, support peaceful assembly. “Do you (Police) remember you took an oath to protect the citizens?” “Police needs to protect citizens” “Police, You are still supporting them? Go on strike instead!” “Please everybody keep calm and do not charge”
There are quite a few vehicles that got trapped inside. Frankly quite impressive.
“Councillor Yip, go get some rest”.
“Chief of security bureau, step down.”
Please give a round of applause for my friend “Pedestrian A”, not bad at all for a new-comer to photography.