Causeway Bay: Two days after the Riots

Hong Kong’s brigade of weekend protesters took to the US embassy on Sunday.

In a truly head-scratching turn of events, the protesters have lined up crackpot US president Donald Trump as their saviour and are asking the US to pass the ‘Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act‘ — legislation that will negatively effect both China and Hong Kong. Getting Trump involved in anything seems like an absolutely terrible idea — just ask anyone in America —so either the protesters haven’t read a newspaper in three years or they haven’t thought things through.

In any case, the peaceful march ended as expected— with small groups of masked protesters running round throwing things at police, who soon responded with tear gas.

The footage from Sunday’s night clashes and all the other footage like it, always looks dramatic. There’s fire, smoke, rubbish, gas masks, prostrate bodies, hand-held cameras—a lot like a war zone really.

But just how accurate is this picture?

I wanted to get in behind the news! So a mere 48 hours after the riots, I bravely boarded the 962B bus and went to straight into the badlands — or as it’s otherwise known: Causeway Bay.

After spending an hour or two there (admittedly mostly spent playing guitar in Tom Lee music), I was surprised to not find a single shred of evidence from the weekend’s activities. No graffiti, no damage anywhere and certainly no protesters — not even anybody handing out photocopied leaflets. There was so sign of anything untoward. I found this encouraging. It seems that 14 weeks of protests have had no discernible impact at all on the streets of the city.

Sure there’s some underlying discontent in the youth and that has been brought to light, and sincere dialogue needs to address this. But remember that the extradition bill that brought about the unrest has been completely withdrawn. If only the protesters could find something more productive to do on the weekends, Hong Kong would surely recover swiftly.

Anyway, judge for yourself. Here’s the footage of Causeway Bay. I used the binaural microphones. They are made for this type of city walk— the recording sounds as real as the walk itself!

12 thoughts on “Causeway Bay: Two days after the Riots

  1. The attention seeking and heavily biased media has a lot to blame for this. Always trying to stir things up, always attracted to trouble makers and drama…motivated by clicks and not truth. No real journalism here, just paparazzis.

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  2. They are getting desperate as hell wanting Trump’s support. I agree with the above comment by Mukylicious…You would think you would see some kind of evidence left by an unruly mob. What do they do after they run amuck? Clean up after themselves?

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  3. Media is funny and does indeed draw the most dramatic picture. I’ve heard China is suppressing the protests lol. But guess what happens on German streets if we have large protests with a lot of violent people roaming through the streets? Easy to find out on YouTube. The police will arrive with tanks that have water cannons and teargas cannons. They come with whole battalions, also with horses and police batons and defensive shields and they will use all that stuff if there are riots. Seen it in my own city, they’re not kidding when they arrive. Every single nation on earth will do that if there are riots on the streets that get out of hand and too destructive or violent.

    We often have similar situations with protests and dramatic media articles in Germany. There was a far-right protest in a certain city and the media completely started to associate that particular city with far-right or nationalism, to the point that the citizens got very upset with the media. Because they drew that picture that everyone from that place is a violent nationalist lol. Just because there is any kind of protest (doesn’t matter which agenda) in a few streets, doesn’t mean the whole place is participating. But the media channels drew that picture.

    I lost faith in the media anyway. I still get my dose of news, but I learned how to read behind the lines. There is usually an agenda, and it’s easy to find out which one. If something is hard to believe, and that happens quite often. I usually compare different sources and form my own opinion.

    I knew exactly that Hong Kong isn’t completely on fire. Thanks for the footage!

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      1. Yep, in this media landscape, it’s super important. Today’s news articles and videos are rather commentaries or columns rather than aggregated information’s or actual footage. When I am reading the news, I am not really interested in the authors or publications perspective or standpoint, that’s what a column is for, I just want to know the facts, neutral as possible and without dramatic sensationalism.

        When I watch videos, I don’t need their opinion either, I just need the facts and the footage that shows evidence of what is happening. I think people, including myself, developed a way to skip through paragraphs and videos and only take bits and bobs and compare it with alternative sources. Also, if a source doesn’t tell me the opinion of both conflict parties, I immediately know they don’t want to give me the full story or all the information and look for sources where I can find exactly that.

        I can only talk about German news (partly also about English news as I consume that as well). I think both have nothing to do with journalism anymore. It’s absolutely biased propaganda… somewhere pre-written, and then re-written and published by all channels, which is why so many people start to realize there is an agenda and they’re all brought into line. Sad, but as you said, critical thinking helps.

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    1. Your point is worth noting Dennis. Countries take riots seriously and they damn well should. I have felt through all this, a sense of entitlement on the part of the protesters — like ‘how dare the police get in my way when I throwing bricks at a government building, that’s oppression…I’m oppressed!’ When in fact any country in the world comes down on that type of anti-social behaviour hard. I actually thought the police showed a great deal of restraint. In other countries in europe and even the states the police/army would have bitten much harder….

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      1. ‘how dare the police get in my way when I throwing bricks at a government building, that’s oppression…I’m oppressed!’

        Lol, yeah, so ironic 😀 That’s exactly the mindset of violent protesters in Germany too. There was once an Antifa demonstration in my city, and their route to the demonstration went through my street. When I saw federal police choppers in the sky, I knew shit would hit the fan, because they only send them if they expect big trouble and if they want to monitor the protesters on their way to the demonstration.

        When protesters went through my street, it got loud and I opened the windows to see the spectacle. They burned some cars and dumpsters. .. I saw how protesters threw bricks at policemen and one without helmet got hurt and was bleeding. So, what did the protesters expect? Of course, like 2 minutes later, police arrived with a huge amount of panel vans, quite a lot of policemen with better protection left the vans.

        They all got water and teargas, and then like 50 policemen with helmets ran into the line of protesters, and beat them down with batons. It looked like a medieval battlefield scene from the movies lol. Too sad that I didn’t have a DSLR camera back then. The situation changed from protesters throwing bricks to them lying on the ground or running away and screaming “government is attacking us, they’re oppressing us, we have no democracy?!?!”. I don’t like violence, but honestly, that was pretty funny… because I thought “Really? You guys demolished everything and hurt a policeman and now you wonder?”

        So, yep… you’re absolutely right. Seen some Hong Kong videos and police looked tame compared to what violent protesters can expect in Europe. Just take a look at the french yellow vest protests… police shot with rubber bullets at protesters and one guy lost an eye because they directly hit him there.

        It’s simple. Freedom of speech, freedom in general, doesn’t mean to have the freedom to demolish things and hurt people. Of course, that’s where freedom rightfully ends.

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      2. Yes ‘freedom to demolish’ is not part of the deal lol. It’s worth remembering! My own view is that protest is an important mechanism for a civil society to work through issues but when it’s get violent, all bets are off. If you get hurt or whatever, you can’t go crying to your mum. This is serious stuff.

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  4. IN fairness to the reporting here — I think it’s been fairly balanced in its commentary, it’s just that the frequency of articles is so high and there’s always a click bait quality to them. There’s also no doubt a certain amount of click/time-on-page incentivising going on behind the scenes.
    Like you say, we need to take our news with a sense of perspective these days

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