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.
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.
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.
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.