Many of you may be aware that tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong in order to protest for political reform and universal suffrage. Despite unwarranted use of tear gas and baton charges by local authorities- and despite the vast crowds - there has been no looting, vandalism or reciprocal violence (protesters are even cleaning up after themselves!), and this makes me immensely proud to be born here and call Hong Kong home.
On the brink of China National Day (Oct 1), there is both tension and anxiety at to how the Mainland will respond to the increasing support and the numbers gathering in the city. I hope that the Hong Kong people stand strong, but also continue their remarkable example of peaceful protest. This “politeness” and non-violence has set a wonderful example worldwide, and says as much about Hong Kong people to the world as their determination and conviction.
For those looking for information about the protest, this is a good article that sums up the issues : http://www.vox.com/2014/9/28/6856621/hong-kong-protests-clashes-china-explainer
I urge you to share any news as events unfold and lend support or promote solidarity with our city and people where you can.