(6 November 2014)

Before I begin today’s recap, I’d like to invite you to read my article “A Guide to the Recent Protests in Hong Kong” with background information, timeline and a run down a some of the main parties and agendas in the pro-democracy protesters. Published in The Typewriter

Day 40 of the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong.

  • Former British-Hong Kong governor Chris Patten admits that the UK did a poor job of introducing democracy to Hong Kong.
  • Many protesters wearing the Guy Fawkes masks have taken to the streets as part of the MillionMasksMarch in Admiralty and other parts of Hong Kong.
  • Tensions in Mongkok have erupted overnight with police making several arrests and a number of protesters injured.
  • Reports suggest that pepper spray and batons were used on protesters by police as the protest and police line clashed.
  • The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has blamed the Occupy protests as a reason for the recent deterioration of Hong Kong’s economy.
  • A pro-Beijing lawmaker has said that ebola has the likely potential to spread quickly through the protest sites.
  • There has been suggestion that members from the Hong Kong Federation of Students could delay their trip to Beijing until after the APEC summit.
  • Student leader Alex Chow has said that Rita Fan (President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong after the transfer of sovereignty from the UK in 1997) and Tung Chee-hwa (first Chief Executive of Hong Kong) could act as a bridge between the students and the Chinese government.
  • Police chiefs have been criticised for double standards and hypocrisy after earlier this month saying that officers should not wear anything outside of their normal uniforms (in reference to several officers wearing yellow ribbons). However today police chiefs have said that officers have the freedom of speech and can wear blue ribbons if they wish.
  • Protest numbers have slightly increased in Mongkok as well as lively on-street discussions about democracy and the future of the movement as there are growing calls from Hong Kong citizens for the protest to end.

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