民主,抗议和催泪瓦斯,噢,我的!- Democracy, Protests, and Tear Gas, Oh My!

Wow.  Okay, so when we booked this Hong Kong getaway in early September we definitely did not anticipate having to schedule our time on the island around protesters.  Although the protests have been, for the most part, peaceful, I’ve still seen way to many Locked Up Abroad episodes to want to get too close to any of that.  Kristen and I have done a good job steering clear of Central (except for driving by it at a quick clip last night), but sit-ins and demonstrations are popping up elsewhere as well.  Yesterday, we went to haggle at the Ladies’ Market and, as we neared Mong Kok metro station, buses were scattered and students were sitting, barricaded from the blinding sun by umbrellas, near signs that just read, in English, “Democracy.”  I took a few shots before we headed away from the area (in case there was another bout of tear gassing), but everything seemed fairly calm.  I think there were more Hong Kong citizens taking pictures of the protests rather than protesting themselves…

Sit-in Near Mong Kok by day…

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Start of Protests at Central by Night

IMG_1461Today we are taking it easy and trying to find a place to visit away from the crowds…

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3 comments

  1. Linda Shiflett Fletcher · September 30, 2014

    Katie, I posted a drone view of the protests on Facebook and tagged you.

    • Katie · September 30, 2014

      Thank you! I saw that. Being in the area, it doesn’t seem like the crowds are that large anywhere on the island…but looking at the view from above was another story. I heard things might get more intense tomorrow (what with it being National Day and all), but we’re flying out tomorrow night. So, I think we’ll spend tomorrow primarily on Lantau Island, away from the political scene.

  2. george · October 23, 2014

    almost time to update!!!!!

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