Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Mongkok Clashes Again

Lots of people milling outside on Shanghai Street before 7pm tonight
As expected, things got volatile today in Mongkok as bailiffs and police tried to clear Argyle Street.

During the day things were relatively calm, but by evening things began getting tense and people swarmed the area.

I happened to be invited to an event at Langham Place and during the evening rush hour the MTR was quite busy and the exit to Argyle Street was obviously blocked off with police and MTR staff standing in front of the cordoned off area, and people had to inch slowly to the other three exits to the area.

From the hotel above we could see mostly police standing around to prevent protesters from occupying the area again. A few hours later around 9.15pm I took the picture at left, with police still holding the area.

A tense-looking standoff on Shanghai Street
But soon after I got home after 10pm, fresh clashes erupted again and at 10.45pm police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Police say 80 people were arrested, including lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung.

This is what happens when the government does not solve this problem with a political solution. When Mongkok and Admiralty are cleared and things are returned to "normal", frustrations will continue to simmer on the surface again and break out again into another form of protest.

Beijing and the Hong Kong government need to seriously consider what they are doing with residents here because just trying to shut down a two-month-old protest is not going to solve anything.

This is not just about universal suffrage, but about the yawning wealth gap, the lack of opportunities for young people to move up the social ladder, the inability to afford a home, the feeling that mainlanders are taking over Hong Kong, and so on.

We need to have a dialogue and we need to start talking now.

2 comments:

  1. then a first step, STOP VOTING FOR THE LIKES OF DAB or UNITED FRONT next time LegCo elections.

    TELL YOUR GRANNIES TO STOP TAKING FREE RICE and CANNED GOODS TO STOP VOTING FOR DAB.

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    1. Hi nulle -- so how are you going to stop voters from voting for the DAB and United Front, and grannies from taking free food when they can't afford to buy it?

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