On the morning of November 26th, 2014, Hong Kong police began an operation to clear the pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok. Within 24-hours, almost all signs of the protest encampment had disappeared, but activists were using new street tactics in their fight for universal suffrage.
Videographer Nathan Mauger presents the third in a series of cinematic videos shot during the height of the Mong Kok unrest.
Mauger’s footage reveals how the Mong Kok occupation evolved into the ‘shopping’ trips which continue nightly to this day.
At one point, a police officer is shown ordering a journalist to stop photographing him. Another is seen telling a protest “fuck with me and get arrested.”
The definitive coverage includes subtitles, giving non-Chinese speakers a rare insight into the atmosphere on the front lines.
Mauger’s first film, ‘The Battle for Mong Kok‘ showed clashes between protesters and police on October 17th. Shot the next night, ‘20 Metres in Mong Kok‘ captured police blindly beating protesters behind umbrellas with batons.