There have been protests in Hong Kong almost everyday since I arrived… and I’ve been here for two weeks ..
Two days ago the protest was happening at the airport, last night the protest was in Tai Po and Tsim Sa Shui.
Ive never seen Tsim Tsa Tsui, at a stand still as Nathan Rd is like the main vein through HK’s ‘central nervous system’ (in other words, its always busy as fuck..)
Double deca busses coming through! EVERY 5 seconds NO SHIT! its that busy!
Traffic was at a stand still on Nathan RD at 4.50pm ….. I got out of the cab and followed the MARCH….
I pulled out my camera… it really was a spectacle to see, a swarm coming towards me… a beautiful swarm.
I could feel the vibe had changed… It was a lot different to the vibe of the Umbrella Movement in 2014.. Thats right I was there…
I was there till the end actually, when 6000 police stormed the Student Protest Base at CENTRAL HK, I was there.. There WERE 300 brave protesters WHO STAYED TO THE END AND ALL WERE ARRESTED..
And it was done and dusted.. Shit went back to normal, quick.
THE VIBE in August 2019… WELL… IT feels like you can cut the tension with a knife.. Like I’m standing there taking pictures on Nathan Rd and copping major greasy stares …
I was told numerous times not to film, or take pictures… like wtf? It was getting to serious. Like ‘CUNT! Let me take a picture!’ Something doesn’t seem right ? I’mean you’re wearing a fucking mask and goggles and a fucking Scarf and a helmet!!! WHOSE GONNA RECOGNISE YOU ??
I didn’t like the hostility too …
it was like the Hong Kong protesters didn’t know who was on their side..
I thought the journalists were given a pass… But now the stakes have changed . Other players have emerged… including Lawyers, Families, Bankers, Workers, The elderly ! Secret Police! Triads! Beijing undercover dressing like protesters… protesters dressing like they are about to do a break and enter ..
The protest was pretty chill.. a bit of a march , a couple barricades, a road or two blocked, a bin or two on fire, people were very respectful to each other and the streets.. AND THEN THE POLICE ARRIVED, they stormed the barricades, firing tear gas into the streets.