Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Occupy Central (Sept 30)

I took the MTR to Central, and walked towards the Government Headquarters (GHQ) in Admiralty. Barricades were set up at many places: Chater Rd & Pedder St, Connaught Rd outside Mandarin Oriental, …  

I arrived when a thunderstorm came, and sheltered with a lot of black shirts outside Mandarin Oriental.  Fortunately the storm passed quickly, and people walked towards Admiralty again. 

The most formidable barricades were set up on Connaught Rd between City Hall and Hong Kong Club.  

The rain had created a big puddle, and people had to line up to pass through.  No one complained, as usual. Most people were quite young.  But there were also some seniors. 

The closer I got to Admiralty, the more people I saw.  At different points, people were making speeches.  

Everyone was calm and orderly.  There were plenty of water and other supplies.  The crowd was densest outside GHQ on Harcourt Rd.  Strangely, there were not too many people on Tim Mei Ave. 

It was packed, but people gave way when needed.  I got through without difficulty.  

I walked all the way to the symbolic barricades at the other end in Wanchai, near the Academy of Performing Arts. It was eerily calm.  

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