The HK youths and protesters are using their own mainly FOOD allowance money to buy simple protective gear to fight for their liberty and future on behalf of Hongkongers.
Their simple protective gear and the symbolic umbrellas are simply NO match against the far superior and some of the world’s best and fully armored HK Police with high tech shields using violent beatings with batons and shooting over 2,000 rounds of suffocating tear gas.
The HK youths are ingenious to find ways to protect themselves for example with traffic signboards, rubbish bin cover as shields, or retaliate with laser pointers, water bottles and bricks.
What do you expect HK youths to do when they see their friends beaten up brutally, injured or arrested?
What would YOU do if you are one of the protesters fighting for your freedom and democracy which can be taken for granted in your country?
Pro-China supporters, you are most welcome to throw THE FIRST STONE at Hong Kong Protesters IF your country do NOT have RADICALS and NO VIOLENCE in its history.
Or would your rather support the hypocritical and totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who had killed over 50 million of its own people – more people killed than all governments combined in the past 70 years.
Be fair in your judgments about the radicals.
Although the opinion is split between Pro-China and Pro-Democracy camps, a majority portion of Hongkongers are united and supportive of each other – with evidence of the more than 350,000 strikers on 5th August Citywide Strike and thousands of civil servants rally on 2nd August.
Pro-democracy supports are also against radicals too but they are empathic about the struggles unlike many Pro-China camp who are highly judgmental, biased, hypocritical, cynical, and disrespectful in their hate comments.
- Protesters have learned from experience, sharing tips and even setting up a buyer’s guide in Telegram groups.
- Some in pro-government camp accuse them of being sponsored but demonstrators say items are donated or paid for out of their own pocket.
When they first took to the streets against a controversial extradition bill Hong Kong’s protesters were unprepared and underdressed, but as weekly confrontations with police wore on they gradually stockpiled a small amount of protective gear.
Learning on the go and admitting the process was risky, protesters involved in gathering and managing resources, such as helmets and first aid kits, have rejected claims their movement has been sponsored or financially motivated.
“Even if you’re not on the front line, there’s a chance of being attacked or injured,” Lily, an artist in her 20s, said, adding the level of force used by police had escalated, prompting her to “gear up”.
The sight of well-equipped protesters prompted allegations from Hong Kong’s pro-government camp that the gear was being sponsored.
On LIHKG, an online forum popular among extradition bill protesters, discussions about protective gear were commonplace immediately after clashes with police.
Some officers were spotted using a reflective material on their helmets and shields during a protest on July 13. Protesters imitated the tactic to hide their identities at the next protest on July 21.
Some showed how to apply the material inside goggles, urging others to follow.
A buyer’s guide even sprang up, complete with user ratings and price ranges for protective gear. The guide gave surgical face masks – commonly used during the 2014 Occupy protests – a zero-star rating.
“They are useless and can only cover your face. Stop buying them,” it reads.
On Telegram, another popular forum that allows users to remain anonymous, group chats range from discussions about designs for promotional materials, to a group for Uber drivers who volunteer to take protesters home free of charge.
The group, which goes by the name of National Crisis Hardware, was seen setting up by the roadside during recent protests, selling gas masks and filters to protesters.
With fears that a protest in Yuen Long – in response to scenes of unprecedented violence on July 21 when a mob dressed in white used sticks and iron rods to attack demonstrators coming home from an earlier march – might also turn violent, the list of requested items included walking sticks, pot lids and swimming floats, among the more conventional resources.
Walter, a recent university graduate managing one of the messaging boards specialising in resources, said most items were donated by members of the public.
The board, which has more than 29,000 subscribers, also serves as a lost-and-found for personal belongings left at protest sites.
During a protest in Sha Tin on July 14, locals were seen tossing cling film and umbrellas from residential buildings. It was a scene Walter said he was glad to have witnessed.
“It lets people understand where the resources came from – Hongkongers,” he said.
In early August, some Hongkongers also donated HK$200,000 worth of food coupons for frontline protesters, following reports youngsters were saving money on food to buy protective gear instead.
Surpluses were also stored by trusted parties, such as NGOs and student groups, he added.
Other protesters volunteered to transport the resources.
“We never took money and never thought to,” Kate said, adding she had not seen money change hands between protesters either.
“If the driver is pro-government, you’re screwed,” she said, adding the group had a pool of about 20 van drivers.
Protesters interviewed by the Post also rejected claims by the pro-establishment camp that they were backed by sponsors.
Lily also pointed to the protesters’ scrappy protective gear, including makeshift shields fashioned from cardboard and plastic bottles.
“If there really was a financier we wouldn’t have bought umbrellas to use as shields,” she said.
“The reality is that resources just appear as many people donate them,” he said.
Names have been changed to protect interviewees’ identities.
#RobertReview (Hong Kong Protesters Funding): 9.5 | 10
Published: 11 August 2019.
Updated: 12th August 2019.