The Umbrella Revolution
By Victoria Saule
No, Hong Kong hasn’t just experienced Sydney’s month of bipolar weather ...
To those at home, air-con blasting, sipping a frozen beverage, complaining about Sydney’s first taste of summer; imagine standing in the middle of a crowded CBD today, surrounded by tear-gas wielding policemen, smothered by humidity of 72%.
That’s what protesters currently occupying areas throughout Hong Kong’s CBD are dealing with.
Civilians, led by the Occupy Central Democratic Group have taken wielding umbrella’s as shields against the heat, tear gas, and pepper spray intent on deterring their movement – now labelled the Umbrella Revolution.
"The umbrella has been transformed from a normal every day object to a symbol of defiance, a symbol of resistance,” Hong Kong artist Kacy Wong told the BBC.
“On the one side there was police brutality and on the other side there were these poor umbrellas,"
Inspired by the protests, Wong set up a Facebook page for artists to come up with designs to represent the Umbrella revolution, seeing contemporary art as a platform to advocate democracy.
The protests are a reaction to the demands of Pro-democracy groups calling for the freedom to democratically elect the next leader of the Chinese “owned” sovereign state, without Chinese interference.
Currently the relationship between China and Hong Kong is summated by “one country, two systems” – think the Capitol of Panem and District 12 from the Hunger Games.
The Hong Kong government’s aggressive response has been criticised the latest statement from Occupy Central as a “delay tactic”, hoping the desire for universal suffrage would “fade out over time.”
After occupying main roads in Hong Kong’s CBD overnight, the number of protestor has dwindled.
Numbers are expected to increase as today is the eve of Chinese National Day .