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 But remember that the extradition bill that brought about the unrest has been completely withdrawn.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!