A peaceful evening walk through Victoria Park
like this would not have been possible tonight
How many Hong Kongers feel about the MTR these days
I am one of those people who regularly spends quite a bit of time in Causeway Bay. As a matter of fact, I had both lunch and dinner in the area yesterday. As luck would have it though, I was not in that part of town which is a major shopping and entertainment as well as dining district this evening. Otherwise, I might have caught whiffs of tear gas again thanks to the police having unleashed a "tear gas buffet" in Causeway Bay this evening.
As it so happens, I was due to have dinner tonight with friends over in Kennedy Town. And even after I read about Central MTR station having been closed in the afternoon, with arrests having been made there by the police and the station subsequently being trashed by angry protesters (in the area to take part in a march in support of the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act), I still thought I could make my way to the western side of Hong Kong Island -- by bus (rather than MTR, since I didn't want to risk being caught in a situation like the poor people in Prince Edward two Saturdays ago) -- only to decide to give up the idea after waiting in vain for half an hour for a bus -- which regularly runs every 15 minutes at most -- to take me there.
Upon returning to my apartment, I got online and came across sights and reports that show a further escalation of the violence and conflict that Hong Kong now regularly sees on weekends (and some weeknights too). For some people, the most shocking sights today have involved the trashing of Central MTR station. For me, it remains the police's wanton use of a whole array of weaponry, including tear gas, in unlikely places and in ways in which they clearly had not been intended to be used, on people, many of whom don't even appear to have been protesters.
Something else that also shocked me today was that the riot police seemed to be arresting people everywhere -- particularly young people, on the assumption that they inevitably are radical and violent protesters -- tonight, including in my neighborhood and that hotbed of crime (not!), Victoria Park! For, in all honesty, I still don't think that Hong Kong is full of criminals. As such, I really wouldn't be surprised if a good number of the arrests made this summer turn out to have been uncalled for and the vast majority of the cases against arrestees will be tossed out of court, if they even make it into court at all!