EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrations — The Morning After
Posted: September 28, 2014 Filed under: Asia, Breaking News, China, Dr. Strangelove's Notebook, Mediasphere
I could not get down to the scene of the action last night, but this morning I walked down to where things had been rocking nearest to my home — the area right between the Central and Admiralty districts. Here are some pics taken within the last couple of hours:
Lee Ka-Shing, the richest man in Hong Kong, takes no chances and has barricades in front of his building.
Barricades across Queensway Road — normally packed with traffic on a Monday morning.
More barricades on Queensway, in front of the landmark Lippo Centre building.
Barricades on Queensway — clearly put together by demonstrators from the kinds of things one usually finds along sidewalks in Hong Kong.
Queensway — devoid of traffic on a Monday during normal rush hour.
Demonstrators in front of the Lippo Centre blocking Queensway.
Demonstrators on Harcourt Road in front of the Central Government offices appear to be getting some rest in the shade after a long night.
Riot police with grenade launchers for tear gas canisters held a well-manned key location in front of the central government offices on Harcourt Road. Despite the display of firepower, there seemed to be no animosity between the police and the demonstrators — no shouting, no ugly language. Maybe everyone was just exhausted from the previous night.
Demonstrators appeared to be dug in for a long haul.
Demonstrators and police chat across the barricades. I saw more than one scene like this, with lots of smiles on both sides.
The demonstration was kicked off last night by high school and college students. These two seemed a little older — and were taking advantage of a comfortable spot in a barricade across an access road to the central government offices. The woman on the right told me “This is a contest of wills — who will last longer?”
Some of the youngest demonstrators I saw — enjoying a card game while sitting in the middle of what would normally be a very busy entrance to Queensway on a Monday morning during rush hour.