|Sheung Wan got a tear gas buffet around 10pm tonight|
Not only did this limit the number of people who could be in the already narrow streets of Lan Kwai Fong and D'Aguilar, but also just the sight of these barricades surely put off a lot of people from even bothering to go in.
|A person as the Prince Edward MTR station|
It's really overkill and unnecessary.
Nevertheless, people who came out knew they would have to take precautions, and they completely flouted the mask ban by covering up their faces one way or another. And their costumes? They didn't have to look far for inspiration of a political kind.
Many wore masks like the one for V for Vendetta, or painted their faces. Some chose to dress up like Joaquin Phoenix's character Joker, as a statement to stand up against an oppressive government.
One person actually created an elaborate costume of the Prince Edward MTR station, with their head where the station entrance is, and body had the calendar day of August 31, when passengers were brutally attacked by riot police in the station. Some believe that three people are missing and presumed dead, but the government has said medical staff didn't count the number of injured properly.
Today is the second month anniversary of the attack and so the person's costume was very apt tonight.
|Many took on the Joker look for Halloween tonight|
Or how about dressing up as a tear gas canister? All the details are written out on the canister, including the expiry date that has already passed. An inexpensive yet clever costume.
Hong Kong people's creativity is fantastic -- even five months later they are channeling their anger and frustrations into creative satirical costumes.
However, the police have been out in force all over town and Mongkok was the first to have tear gas unleashed around 8pm. There are clips of a young man being pepper sprayed in the face by the police at point blank range, while a woman dressed as Maleficent complete with horns, taunted the police to "spray her ass" and got tackled and arrested.
|Or how about being "Smurfed"?|
Recently the government has been mulling the idea of an independent investigation into police brutality. Seems like it's a trial balloon to gauge reaction.
But perhaps Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor should listen to Abraham Shek Lai-him or Abraham Razack, a pro-Beijing lawmaker who represents the property sector in the Legislative Council.
In a recent interview he said the government cannot solve the current crisis with housing policies.
"You cannot buy dignity," he said. "Their five demands did not mention that they want a house. The five demands of young people are that they want justice, fairness and transparency."
Shek himself opposed the extradition bill many months ago and says the government needs to listen to the people.
|Many wear the V for Vendetta mask these days|
"The three million people [who marched] were not against her. They wanted to protect our existing system."
He also said the government wasn't doing enough to solve the political problem, and the education system should not be blamed for the current situation.
"Our education system was not problematic. We taught many young people to be responsible. They go to [protests], regardless if they are yellow, blue, black or white, because they have ideals," Shek said. "Regardless if they are wrong or not, we have to listen to them. How do we listen? By starting an independent investigation."
|Low-tech costume as a tear gas canister. She was busy tonight|
Or maybe she's waiting to hear back what Beijing says following the 4th Plenum to see if she still has a job or not...