BLOG – Why Pro-Democracy Occupiers Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Counter-Protesters


In recent days, wherever ‘anti-Occupy’ protesters have appeared, pro-democracy activists have chased them away with renditions of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song.

Sirius Lee (his real name), who is in charge of the phone recharging centre at the Admiralty protest camp, told Hong Wrong that when his team was heckled by a counter-protester in a face mask, they all loudly sang ‘sàangyaht faailohk’. “It is one of our strategies to confuse those people,” Lee said.

Sirius Lee

This effort to embarrass and disorientate the enemy seems to have a positive effect. Last night, dozens of ‘blue ribbon’ counter-demonstrators retreated from the Admiralty protest camp amidst a chorus of birthday wishes and heckles of “how much were you paid?”

It is thought the meme originated in Mong Kok earlier in the protests when a megaphone played the song during an altercation.

Hong Wrong would like this method to be adopted for defusing all future global conflicts. Wishing ISIS, Putin and Justin Bieber a very happy birthday!


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