As she talked, it became obvious that a major reason for her opposing the Umbrella Movement was economic, with her telling me that one good friend's business has suffered quite a bit as a result of the protests and at least two of her friends who worked in luxury retail and catering in Causeway Bay have lost their jobs in recent weeks. In response, I wondered whether with the latter, some businesses are using the protests as an excuse for a lack of business -- as it's a fact that stores catering to mainlanders have seen lowered sales in recent months because of Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. (For evidence, check out this interesting article written on September 24, days before Occupy Hong Kong began.)
An even more frustrating part of our discussion was when my friend stated her belief that the protesters is pretty much entirely composed of "students", and that they have knives and other weapons with which they use to attack the police. Determined to prove her wrong, I headed over to Mongkok this afternoon to get visual evidence of what the most volatile thus far of Occupy Hong Kong's three protest areas actually regularly looks like. (As another friend of mine -- one who spends a lot of time there -- told me re the media coverage of Occupy Mongkok: "All they show is the exciting part. 23.9 hours of sleeping, recycling, and homework goes missing"...)
Protesters catch 40 winks on the street just meters away
from the barriers separating "Occupied" space
from that manned by the police
And there are people who spend there protest time
reading -- like also can be seen at Admiralty
To be sure, there's no question that Occupy Mongkok
has its quirks, such as the shrine to Guan Yu,
the Taoist god of war revered by the police and triads alike
Can you tell that verbals between a few men
are taking place in the background of this photo?
A reminder that the protesters are fighting and caring for
-- and thinking of -- far more than just themselves
A reminder that not all Umbrella
Movement participants are students!
Yes, some parents think the area safe enough to bring their kids
No spraying this afternoon -- thank goodness --
but much evidence about that people are staying (put) there!