Monthly Archives: October 2014


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.


PHOTOGRAPHY – Life in the Gutter of Asia’s World City

As CY Leung declares ‘let them eat cake‘, 1,200 Hong Kongers are about to face another night on the streets this evening…

Charlie Eady is a photographer from London who has lived in Kowloon for the past four years. During that time, he has been working in the private sector and for a British charity. See his full portfolio here.


NEWS – CY Leung Caught Lying in TV Interview 2

Activist and share market analyst David Webb has published a video showing CY Leung directly contracting himself in an ATV interview yesterday. Leung denied ever having indicated to host Michael Chugani that he would seek re-election in 2017. However, footage from January 2013 suggests otherwise…

During the interview (in full below), CY Leung read from a copy of the Basic Law and claimed that foreign powers were “obviously” playing a part in the Umbrella movement. However, Leung refused to provide any evidence of foreign interference, a charge which protest organisers have vehemently denied.


NEWS – Damning Footage of Police Misbehaviour in Mong Kok

Videographer Nathan Mauger captured scenes of police misbehaviour over the weekend in Mong Kok. The subtitled footage shows police blindly beating protesters behind umbrellas with batons, as well as evidence of officers obscuring their badge numbers.

The SCMP reported that the issue of police hiding their identification numbers had sparked complaints. One protester estimated that 40% of officers had concealed their numbers on Friday night.


NEWS – One Night in Mong Kok: Photos of the Chaos

There were scuffles and brawls in Mong Kok last night as police deployed pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy protesters. Police say 9000 demonstrators were present. See SCMP.com or @tomgrundy on Twitter to see how the night unfolded.


BLOG – New Anti-Occupy Central Ad Appears in the South China Morning Post 13

Rendered in Comic Sans typeface, an anti-Occupy Central advert has appeared today in the South China Morning Post. It was placed by the pro-government ‘Silent Majority’ group (famed for their anti-Occupy video).

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SCMP ad, photo via @LeslieMTang on Twitter.

The ad laments how the government is under ‘tremendous pressure from external forces‘ and a ‘hugely biased and inflammatory media‘. It also, oddly, expresses sympathy with “the massive HK citizens“.


NEWS – Photos: Occupy Mong Kok Shrinks in Dawn Clampdown

A Hong Wrong/Huffington Post cross-post. Follow @TomGrundy on Twitter for continuing updates.

Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swooped into the Mong Kok Occupy encampment in the early hours of this morning.

Police and street cleaners removed barricades and tents, leaving protesters restricted to a smaller area of Nathan Rd on the southbound side only.