Guest Post by Ellie Ng
Immediately after the Mongkok camp site was cleared out by police in late November, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters started the “Shopping Revolution” by pretending to shop in busy districts, blocking the roads and exhausting the police force. Minor clashes between pretence (sometimes real) shoppers and police break out from time to time. Protesters take advantage of the difficulty in distinguishing real and pretence shoppers to confuse and provoke police, which have lost control in the handling of mass protests under numerous circumstances in recent months.
Below is a brief explanation of the rise of the “Shopping (aka Gauwu, #9wu in Cantonese) Revolution”:
From “United for Democracy: Global Solidarity with Hong Kong” Facebook page