At Occupy Causeway Bay today, there's
the pretty artistic...
...and the political and/but polite...
...and the whimsical (and should it not be clear,
that is just a cutout of Xi Jinping there!)
At some point in the near future, I can see myself blogging again about something other than the Umbrella Movement. In fact, there's already a part of me that wonders "why write some more about the protests in Hong Kong since I've already written thousands of words about it and others combined have probably written more than a million words on the subject"?
The reason why I do is to help publicize the fact that the Umbrella Movement is still going on in Hong Kong -- something many people outside of the Big Lychee may not realize due to accounts of it having vanished from the front pages of many newspapers in the rest of the world and international news websites too. (Heck, it's not even the number one news in Hong Kong newspapers for some days now.)
The thing is that -- let's face it: for many people, being peaceful is rather boring. Far more exciting are news of violent clashes and outcomes. But when even one evening's worth of celebrations of a World Series win has resulted in more mayhem than the Umbrella Movement's many days and nights of protests, surely that's something worth noting, if not commenting on?
Also, the truth of the matter is that there's currently an impasse -- and that's not very interesting to report on either. Increasingly, there's a sense that "Occupation" alone is not going to yield the political results that were the stated principal aims of the Umbrella Movement. And yet, how does one escalate matters without resorting to violence or something so desperate that it will cause things to backfire?
I'll leave that question for greater minds to answer. All I know is that, in the meantime, the protests are indeed still taking place -- thanks to a number of admirable people being prepared to sacrifice their time, bear physical discomforts and the ire of impatient others, and more.