|Strange seeing cars here on a Sunday; helpers on sidewalks|
From what I remember this street was still blocked for domestic helpers while the Occupy movement was happening. Or did the authorities think they needed to road open to deal with Sunday traffic, which is quite light?
|More helpers occupying the sidewalks (left)|
In addition, I saw several men in suits with earpieces, patrolling areas in front of IFC mall, along the footbridge next to Standard Chartered Bank, and the footbridges from Chater house and World Wide House to Exchange Square. They were not only there to prevent domestic helpers from lingering in the area, but also hawkers trying to strike a deal reselling the iPhone 6 outside IFC.
These new measures are a clear attempt to get rid of what some people think are eye sores, but also interesting to note it was several buildings doing this at the same time.
Is this a concerted effort to push domestic helpers out of Central, or at least the main shopping areas so that customers will be able to move around more freely and with less guilt?
Again it's the government that hasn't done much to offer domestic helpers a space of their own for some relaxation on their only day off. Some go to churches and parks, but they can't hold the some 320,000 (as of 2013) helpers in the city.
We will keep an eye on the situation next weekend to see if the patrols are still in force...