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BLOG – Create Your Own Xi Jinping Yellow Umbrella Photoshop Masterpiece 1

President Xi Jinping has become an unlikely mascot of the umbrella movement – especially in Mong Kok, where at least seven cardboard cut-outs adorn the occupy camp’s barricades. More than a humorous aside, the mere presence of the life-size Xi’s is said to “deter” pro-China antagonists – or so it is hoped.

Now you can create your own Xi Jinping yellow umbrella art works like this…

INTERVIEW – Fengsuo Zhou: 1989 Student Leader & Once China’s Fifth Most Wanted

Earlier this month, HongWrong spoke to Chinese dissident Fengsuo Zhou who flew in from the US to visit the main Occupy site in Admiralty. Once China’s fifth ‘most wanted’, Zhou was a student leader during the 1989 protests which led to the Tiananmen massacre. He is now working to raise awareness of the issue of political prisoners in the mainland.

Fengsuo Zhou in his tent

HongWrong: What was your role in Tiananmen and what has happened since?

Zhou: I was a student. I was on most wanted list, number five of twenty-one most wanted nationwide. I was a member of Beijing’s Independence Student Association. I spent one year in prison. I went to United States in January ‘95. I stayed there since.

My recent activity mostly is as co-founder and director of Humanitarian China. We focus on providing humanitarian support for the prisoners of China. That’s one reason why I came here – to speak up for these people who are jailed for their roles in supporting Hong Kong. There are about 100 of them so far.

BLOG – Occupy Mong Kok’s Last Stand: Where Identity Issues Come to a Head

A version of this feature appears today on Global Post.

“If they clear here, I think protesters should find an occupy site other than Mong Kok,” says Wong Yeung-Tat, the enigmatic, often controversial, leader of the political group Civic Passion. He knows that the clock is ticking for the pro-democracy movement’s Kowloon outpost but, exhausted as many are, few at the camp have any appetite to leave quietly.

Wong Yeung-Tat

Wong Yeung-Tat

For over 50 days, protesters spread across three protest sites have been occupying roads, demanding full universal suffrage from Beijing. Mong Kok has seen the most drama, with activists clashing with masked triads and counter-protesters angry about the disruption. Now, after complaints of lost income, a minibus drivers’ association has won a court injunction permitting bailiffs to “clear obstructions” around Nathan Road with police backing. It makes for a jittery atmosphere at what is commonly regarded as the resilient frontline of the umbrella movement demonstrations.

NEWS: In Pictures: Admiralty Occupy Camp Shrinks as Barricades Cleared

A Huffington Post Cross-post

CITIC Tower staff cleared an area of protester barricades at the main umbrella movement camp this morning with little resistance from occupiers. Access to the CITIC building on Lung Wui Road was restored by the afternoon with temporary traffic lights installed to direct traffic.

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BLOG – Mong Kok’s 1/4 Mile Occupy Camp Sits Amidst 40 Luxury Stores 1

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have lamented how the umbrella movement is causing small businesses and micro-enterprises to suffer. However, there are no “momma and poppa” stores within sight at the occupy camps, particularly in Mong Kok where the encampment is lined with dozens of luxury jewellery stores.

No less than 40 watch and jewellery shops dominate the quarter-of-a-mile occupation zone in Kowloon. 

NEWS – Main Stage Organisers Say All at Occupy Are Welcome to Air Views 3

A group of more radical pro-democracy activists have been demanding greater access to the main stage at the Occupy protest site in Admiralty.

The podium, where journalists and demonstrators gather each evening for speeches, has become a hotspot over recent days for disagreements between protesters. In response, organisers have set up new “open mic” policies, inviting anyone to voice their opinions.

Jack Lee was among a group of activists who confronted stage coordinators on Saturday evening with the intention of rallying protesters to occupy more areas of Hong Kong.