POLITICS – Occupy Hong Kong a Bit Embarrassing, Asked to Leave. 5


The police and GovHK have won a mini-victory by effectively ignoring the protest camp underneath HSBC HQ ever since its inception more than 6 months ago. Unlike in other countries, Occupiers have been allowed to continue their demonstration unhindered, and so the media spotlight never returned to the camp after their 1-month milestone passed.

However, Bloomberg now reports that HSBC themselves have finally snapped and asked the protesters to leave

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The inaction of the authorities is largely due to the fact that the space underneath HSBC is ‘privately managed public space’ – an arrangement which enables hundreds of domestic maids to occupy the area every Sunday…

via leela.net

via leela.net

Unfortunately, the HK movement has little in common with its sister occupations abroad. The grounds in Central are often strewn with pizza boxes, beer bottles and an array of incoherent banners and contraptions. Meanwhile, their message has been hijacked somewhat by a few angry Lehman Brothers minibond victims who are holding out for more compensation…

via Flickr user dragonspeed

via Flickr user dragonspeed

Much of the time during nightly meetings is spent discussing communal living arrangements as opposed to enacting change, community-outreach or planned actions…

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The dozen-or-so Occupiers left standing would garner more sympathy if some concise, solid demands were made and if they did more to directly assist HK’s 99% and set an example.

In fairness, photography, yoga, music, English and activism classes are held regularly within the camp, but other local activists such as Benson Tsang effectively shine a light on the city’s poorest by going to them, and even living on the streets with them. This combined approach is taken for granted by protesters in other occupied encampments.

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via libcom.org

At other camps across the world, it is also common to form a team to deal with the press. There is little in the way of media liaison in HK and some journalists have even complained that they appear hostile or defensive to reporters interested in their cause.

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Occupy Central could focus on a few clear and locally important demands, such as: *Closing the poverty gap/affordable housing *Enacting a Tobin Tax *Banning derivatives/short-selling and other opaque, speculative mechanisms. *Opposing under-regulation/tycoons/monopolies.

The spirit, optimism and number of supporters in HK has waned since the early days way back in November 2011…

Sadly, with HK’s oppressive summer humidity about to kick in, China’s only occupy movement looks as if it is in it’s death throws already.