NEWS – Climbers Unfurl Huge Pro-Democracy Banner on Lion Rock (Part 1/2) 5

Viewable for miles around, a huge yellow banner reading “I want genuine universal suffrage” has been hung upon Lion Rock. A group of climbers known as ‘The Hong Kong Spidie’ unfurled the 6mx28m banner earlier today. See part 2, here.

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via waihonso on Flickr

The groups says that, through its action, it “aims to redefine the beauty of the ‘Spirit of Hong Kong people’ – not merely shown in the city’s economic growth but in the recent Umbrella Movement to demand for democracy and universal suffrage.”


HELPERS – Domestic Workers Share Their Thoughts on Occupy Central

A cross-post from our sister site, HK Helpers Campaign.

HK Helpers Campaign volunteers Meredith McBride & Vivian Yan spoke to some of the city’s domestic worker community about the Umbrella Movement occupation protests.

Catherine, from the Philippines, has been living in Hong Kong for 3 years.

“The protesters want this fight and are against China. Maybe they can help us to make… law[s] in favour of the domestic workers? Maybe for me, I am in favour of the protesters because they really fight for their rights, for their democracy.  They make a lot of sacrifices so I hope they win.”


EVENT – Slutwalk 2014, this Sunday 2pm: Against Sexual Assault at Occupy

This Sunday, 2pm in Causeway Bay, protesters will gather to rally against sexual harassment and assault in Hong Kong.

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Join the event on FB.

The focus this year will be on incidents at the Occupy protests.

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In a statement earlier in the protests about violence and police inaction, Amnesty International said “women and girls were among those targeted, including incidents of sexual assault, harassment and intimidation.”


BLOG – Companies Trying to Sue Occupiers Have Corporate Votes in HK Elections

Two transport associations who issued court injunctions against Occupy protesters yesterday are allowed a vote to select Hong Kong election candidates. The Taxi Drivers & Operators Association and the Kowloon Public Light Bus Chiu Chow Traders & Workers Friendly Association have corporate votes under the city’s convoluted ‘Functional Constituencies’ election model.

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Transport sector functional constituency listing, via Webb-Site.com

This system allows for industrial, commercial, financial and other sectors to have thousands of votes that – in real democracies – would be assigned to people. 


VIDEO – Smoking Gun: Police Blindly Beat Peaceful Protesters With Batons

Footage has emerged of police using batons against protesters on Friday who were not posing a threat. A video clip uploaded to Facebook today shows police in Mong Kok – under the supervision of Superintendent Paul Renouf – unfurling red warning banners stating “stop charging or we will use force”. Protesters – some huddled behind umbrellas – had their hands up and were not charging police lines.

More footage of police misbehaviour on Friday and Saturday can be viewed here. Photos here.