Nathan Road is now open to road traffic
Still, as this photo taken at the intersection of Nathan Road and
Argyle Street shows, things are hardly back to normal just yet!
An even more surreal sight: The Hunger Games' three finger salute
being used by Umbrella Movement members in Mongkok
Once upon a time, Mongkok was my favorite Hong Kong district to shop in -- including for such as DVDs, Sanrio and Studio Ghibli items, hiking gear, shoes, sneakers and cargo pants. Starting from about three years ago though, I felt that it was catering more to -- or, at the very least, attracting more -- mainland tourists than locals and other folks. So my visits to the area noticeably decreased.
In recent weeks, however, I've begun spending time in Mongkok again -- in particular, in the "Occupied" sections of this Kowloon district. And earlier tonight, I spent a few hours window shopping and "shopping" in the area.
Although there certainly was a large contingent of police as well as protestesrs out tonight, I actually -- and happily -- didn't see any clashes take place. The way it looked to me, the protesters made sure to not overstep their bounds and the police were largely content to stand their ground rather than bid to aggressively engage with the protesters -- with the result that the overall mood seemed good humored even while there was a distinct air of rebellion about.
For the record: at no point did I see any of the protesters standing in space where pedestrians weren't supposed to be. And at times, it was indeed quite difficult to tell if certain of the people present in Mongkok tonight were there to shop or "shop" -- this especially since some of the protesters did do such as go buy some gai dan jai and offer these delicious treats to people they passed on the streets!
Still, it was clear enough -- from such as the sizable number of yellow umbrellas being carried about -- that there were defiant acts of protests taking place. The feeling I got too from the sizable crowds tonight is that people are apt to scoff at the authorities' attempts to use such as the courts and the police to deal with a political problem, and (consequently) feel compelled to do their part to demonstrate how ridiculous is the situation that has been brought about -- as much by the government's intransigence as well as ordinary people feeling a need to get out and try to make a difference.