Jeremiah Rogers

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The 2014 Hong Kong Protests

Two days ago I flew into Hong Kong from Tokyo to see and photograph the protests. There has been surprisingly little action to see. In contrast to what you might see in the media this is a very peaceful protest. It’s mostly people sitting around and talking.

That said it is a large scale protest. Huge sections of Hong Kong are shut down to traffic. Outside of these areas you can barely tell that anything is going on. 90% of the city feels totally normal. But inside the barricades there is no traffic and a rare chance to see Hong Kong sights without any cars or trains.

A few local professors have shown up to teach impromptu classes to the students who may be missing school. I’ve also seen students feeding each other and was offered food while I sat down to edit these photos on the side of the road.

Everyone I’ve met has been intelligent, well spoken and very friendly. I hope that this ends peacefully.

A man walks along railroad tracks in Central Hong Kong that can’t be used because they are blocked.

This man climbed on top of a pedestrian overpass near Admiralty station and refused to come down. Firefighters tried to talk him down, setup an inflatable mat below him, and then gave him an intercom which he used to address the crowd asking them to open the streets so his kids could go to school. My local friends told me rumors that he was a hired actor.

The major streets are barricaded.

No one knows where the barricade materials came from. There are rumors that mafia or foreign governments could be supplying the goods. One friend said he found weapons inside a cache of goods headed for his supply depo. His theory is that the weapons were put there by gangs who may want access to them so they can use them later to break up protests. He said protest organizers told him to check the bushes for other weapons.

Sitting on a highway overpass overlooking the city.

Mending the barricade.

Large crowds turned out around 8pm in Admiralty station.

Umbrellas and inspirational posters or notes cover almost every surface.

The oldest protester I saw with the strongest message.

Protestors on a highway overpass leading into the Admiralty area of Hong Kong.

Not everyone agrees with the protests.

Protesters sleeping right outside the police barricade to the Chief Executive’s office.

Police on one side of the barricade. Media and protesters on the other side.

At 4 am we decided to go home. Most people were sleeping in the streets, but we found this couple reading a book together inside a supply depo.

I’ll write more and update this article later but it’s now 8 am local time and I’ve been up all night. If you have any questions for the protesters or about what’s going on I’ll be in Hong Kong for the next few days, contact me and I’ll get back to you or post on the blog.