Police in Hong Kong are responding to a gathering of unarmed and non-violent pro-democracy protesters (many of which are students) with rubber bullets, multiple rounds of tear gas, baton attacks, and pepper spray
28th September 7.09pm HKT: Chu Kai-lun, 31, claimed he was tricked by police. “A senior inspector told us to sit down, saying they won’t do anything,” he said, adding moments later police pulled on their gas masks and launched a volley of gas.
This is a day after they pepper-sprayed an elderly man in the face at point-blank range.
The two photos below shows activists using umbrellas to avoid the effects of tear gas and pepper spray.
Long story short. On 22nd September 2014 student groups launched a week-long boycott of classes in protest. Thousands of student-led pro-democratic protesters went on a strike, calling for democratic reforms. Things escalated out of hand yesterday (28th September) with the police force using more dangerous and violent methods to contain the protesters when Occupy Central joined the event.
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How can you help?
- If you’re a British citizen, you can sign this petition to raise the awareness of the British Government and Members of the Parliament.
- Pray for the safety of those who are still out in the streets fighting for Hong Kong’s future and those who have been arrested and are still not let out.
- Signal boost the hell out of this post! We need as much attention we can get from everyone! This isn’t just our fight but also the whole world’s! These people are all fighting for a good cause, but if we lose, if the Chinese government takes over Hong Kong, it won’t be just affecting those who live there but all countries around the world that are related to Hong Kong in one way or another (whether business or international relations).
Please don’t just ignore this! We need your help!
(via riseagainphoenix)2 days ago • 1,164 notes
Anonymous said: Sorry but what's happening in china?
2 days ago • 68 notes
It’s not really happening in China but here in Hong Kong. Occupy Central is basically a movement mirroring the Occupy Wall Street movement; we plan to peacefully take over the business centre of Hong Kong (Central) until our wishes for universal suffrage are heard. We reject that the process for electing our Chief Executive is constantly interfered with by the Chinese government.
The following link is a good resource of events.
Right now, the OC movement has started 26 hours ago and there are pockets of Hong Kong people in three different districts of HK (Central, Mongkok and Causeway Bay), sitting on the roads and occupying the area.
Schools in two major districts have been canceled tomorrow and the teacher union has asked all teachers to stop going to work. Other organizations have also pleaded with HK people to stop going to work as a form of protest.
P.S. You have to understand that we, the HK people, are usually a pragmatic bunch who would do NOTHING to jeopardize our lives or careers. We do not put ourselves on the line, against tear gas and danger, for no reason.