HK protests: Surreal moments

Once-peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations are transforming into violent confrontations. Neither side is willing to back down.

In the darkness, there’s black comedy.

Professionals protest during their lunch-break, then return to work.

Every day this week bankers and professionals have taken to the streets during lunch-breaks, blocking traffic

Economist

But nearby

masked protesters nearby smash traffic lights and set fire to bins.

Economist

And so

“I’ve been tear gassed a few times, but never when I was outside my office – popping out to get my lunch,” says one trader at HSBC.

BBC

When things were a lot less violent, FT reported (a few months ago)

Many of the radicals are wealthy and highly educated. When they scatter to avoid police they often escape in luxury cars. Polling among protesters consistently shows that economic factors are less important to them than ideas.

And

The movement is also cool and deeply romantic for young people who believe they are fighting for the future of their city. Many young couples in full battle gear can be seen hand in hand on the barricades.

 

 

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20 Responses to “HK protests: Surreal moments”

  • Sinkie:

    There’s “unmistakable bias” in reporting of HK protests by Western media – FT, BBC, Economist etc.

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  • sadly, they lack NS knowledge:

    watching the youth heroes of HK battle against a bad regime, it pains to see them pit themselves flesh and blood against modern weapons.

    it is obvious the youth heroes of HK lack NS knowledge to be effective.

    they do not seem to know the importance of sniper effect paralyzing techniques, claymore mine advantages and booby trap delay tactics.

    sniper, claymore, booby, all do not need sphisticated modern weaponry. just simple bamboo, cloth, kerosene shall do the three jobs nicely. by these, one youth hero can hold a truck load of bad regime uniformed baddies at bay.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Basically it is preserving Democracy against the Communist

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  • Asd:

    No violence no one will bother.. look at yellow vest they can go on walking on weekend for 1 more year and nobody will bother

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    What our 50-60 union strikers and protesters did is a walk in the PARK compared to Hong Kong today and a Bastard arrest and locked them up for years some as long as 32 years and created a flock of sheep and strawberry generation Brainless & Gutless

    having spend 3 years in Hong Kong, to me the Hongkongers are a Breed of Hardworking Thinkers and Brave band of brothers

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  • Sinful nation:

    West or east, an abusive govt(liken to a husband) and a people(liken to a wife) want out of a stifling social contact( or marriage) would set the husband, by law, to exert abusive authority to retain her servitude and forced obedience.

    How can this be just and not expect judgement on all nations(commonly practiced)?( especially in a globalised world).

    The people, or wife, while under contractual obligation to serve an abusive power will, in all his power and wiles, attempt to perpetuate power over the wife or people – commonly seen in nations. If the wife, under the thumb or in the palm’s of the buddha, seek out by latching on to “another man”(democratic/liberal rights)), another head,she shall be stoned/punished(by law) – with all its restrictive power as can be seem in Singapore and HK etc.

    Thou, the people, shall not commit adultery, foe those insist on living by the law( in a perfect relationship the punitive penalty will not be necessary but you will never be free of abuse under your system of destruction) – for those bend on living by the law (ultimately comes under bloody dictatorship).

    People like shanmugan has hands full of blood but he has no idea while shaking hands with residents.

    These are bloody ministers who sow the seed of violence(rule of law for profit) all over the world while deceiving themselves, and profiting at others expense, as peacemakers

    Singapore your acronym is indeed accurate and appropriate – Sin.

    You have not satisfied the condition of true liberty, breaking free from Sin.

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  • TruBlu:

    A bit overdone though.
    Intention may be good but lost track to some extent?

    Maybe some hooligans taking advantage in the mayhem.
    Ang moh elements too.

    ANG MOH TUA KEE AND THEIR WIVES ARE SOWING DISCORD in SIN CITY TOO!
    GO READ THEIR GOSSIP CHAT SITES!

    ANG MOH WIVES HAVING TOO GOOD LIFE HERE.
    TOO FREE AND MIGHT CAUSE NUISANCE TO DISRUPT SGS LIVES.

    THIS MUST BE STOPPED BY THE GOVT.

    STUPID sinkies join in.
    Go read them if you can get access.
    My fren did and ang moh wives are really bitching around in Sin City!

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  • Sinful nation:

    Both, in an abusive relationship(old covenant), must repent. To the adulterous womam,go and Sin no more( hopping from one man or head to another master)

    To the law trigger happy husband( head of the House) the writing is on the ground against you. You who are in Sin or Sin, stop hurling stones at people or abusing the law(manipulation and bias interpretation of law etc). The judge is at the door and you will have to account for the innocent blood you shed.

    The head must roll.

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  • Hong Kong Rioter Kill Old Man:

    sadly, they lack NS knowledge:
    watching the youth heroes of HK battle against a bad regime, it pains to see them pit themselves flesh and blood against modern weapons.

    So you pity the youth and they are heros of Hong Kong ?

    Your so called stupid HK youth hero just murdered a 70 year old man.

    Yes, Hong Kong black shirts rioters murdered a 70 years old cleaners.

    Watch here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQkkhRHYX3E

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • Rioter burn X'mas tree in mall:

    Time to activate the SAF to defence Singapore HK property.
    Let’s give PAP 90% of the vote so that our armour vehicle at HK port could be used to protect Singapore HK property. China tank cannot make it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZUNXkT5s0

    Festival Walk, a shopping centre in Hong Kong owned by
    Singapore-listed Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT),
    suffered “extensive damage” after protesters attacked the mall on Tuesday night (Nov 12).

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    Vote PAP for 9% GST so that PAP salaries can be up by 9%

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  • Expat wives kaypoh chee:

    @TruBlu

    Yes came across ang moh wives acting like Singapore belongs to them.
    Serangoon Garden Country Club full of ang moh wives.
    They think they own this place.
    Majority are half past six thinking they are talents.

    Alot of bullcraps.

    Time for sgs to stop the arrogance.
    Nk more colonisation.
    XJP is right.
    Dr M is right.
    Fark off ang mohs.
    Stop acting arrogant.
    Knnccb.

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  • """""SITUATION"""" calls:

    //they do not seem to know the importance of sniper effect paralyzing techniques, claymore mine advantages and booby trap delay tactics.

    sniper, claymore, booby, all do not need sphisticated modern weaponry. just simple bamboo, cloth, kerosene shall do the three jobs nicely. by these, one youth hero can hold a truck load of bad regime uniformed baddies at bay.//

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    don’t frighten the white idiots and gang leh ? half the daft sinkie nation (assuming half of them are men who serve ns and this includes the team from the white idiots and gang) “know the importance of sniper effect paralyzing techniques, claymore mine advantages and booby trap delay tactics” ? we are VERY WELL TRAINED hor when the “”"”"SITUATION”"”" calls for such a need hor ????? hahahahahahahahaha.

    by the way, daft sinkies are also TRAINED to accept 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy leh ?

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  • what a pity:

    its become more like civil war in Hongkong.
    enough is enough.
    its time the gov n people agree to a compromise…

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  • justanothercitizen:

    More than 12,000 Tear gas (TG), as HK calls it, had been fired since June. On 1 day, about 1500+ rounds were used mostly at 1 location, CHKU! Many of the canisters had hit press persons, volunteer EMT, bystander, non violent protesters. Some even hit high rise flats, next to schools and kindergartens, The police fired even at sites where fire fighters and ambulance crew are attending to emergencies. One even hit and damaged a fire truck. The police always give excuses of collateral damage for these cases.
    However, in 3 days of confrontation with protesters at Polytechnic U which is next to the PLA garrison camp site. Not 1 round stray into the compound of the camp despite using hundreds and maybe even exceeding 1000 rounds of TG.
    Something strange is going on!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Pointless. Barbaric.
    Make the changes in $G at the ballot box.
    Many young $G think this is romantic – wait until you get your teeth knocked out or set on fire.

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  • wondering if...:

    i was wondering if such protests ignites in SG , how will our gov security forces react ..
    will the protesters just get gunned down?
    shoot then ask questions later?

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  • Joey Siu Pawned:

    Hahaha…

    The pro-demoncrazy activists Joey SIu pawned herself…

    Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9nNeO0yWyk
    Will violence kill Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement? | Conflict Zone

    At 22:08, it is very interesting to see her fumble yet once again.

    For those who idolized the Hong Kong violence rioters, your end is near.

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  • the ramifications:

    //For those who idolized the Hong Kong violence rioters, your end is near.//

    aiyoh. support or no support ? it will still carry on lar for quite a while ? one thing for sure, the ramifications will be around for a long long time right into the good future lar ? the end is quite complicated and may not be near lar ?

    many of the hk ppl who are supportive of the protesters (or rioters) especially the younger ones will carry this “bad memory / hatred” for many many years till they grow old lar ?

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  • the psyche of anyone:

    //Yes came across ang moh wives acting like Singapore belongs to them.//

    what to do ? white idiots and gang like to polish up the talents of FT chat-ba-lang ppl in order to market their 6.9m and 10m open-leg policy right ?

    aiyoh. it is generally in the psyche of anyone (including FTs) in sinkie land or perhaps the notion even spread internationally lar ?

    and self-interested “selfish” white idiots and gang will “try” to undermine the “worth” (imagine the damage done) of average daft sinkies in order to propagate the need for chat-ba-lang people ?

    any FT or new converts will naturally take all these cues (anyway sanctioned by the white monkey idiots right ?) and internalize their over-rated talents and sort of “down look” on daft sinkies and think that they are the golden treasures that sinkies land is lucky enough to have them ?

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  • A Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    Dafts could not understand that this country, unlike HK, has basic universal suffrage. Not matter how unleveled the political playing field is, the dafts could vote to choose their representatives. HK cannot.

    This is a very important distinction.

    Unlike HK, do not expect the same level of support from the world in this country for those talking cock about street fighting, as dafts repeatedly chose and voted for the current greedy representatives.

    The relative financial importance is also vastly different.
    HK is the gateway where the Kleptocrats shifted the stolen money out to the west, and also where all the greedy wallstreets money from west goes into China, seeking riches. The stakes in HK are much much higher for the power elites than here. SG is just a convenient temporarily parking lot when elsewhere is undergoing repairs.

    Our only place in geopolitics is the location, we are the painful common anus of the superpowers where their supplies and nutrition get to move in and out.
    Any blockage means disaster and upset to their system, so leverage this location well.

    To conclude, You got what you voted.
    If you want to change then you have to vote for change.

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