On Sunday I had visited the umbrella movement in Admiralty – and there was lots more going on than at the site in Causeway Bay. It might have changed a little now, given that the bailiffs have removed some barriers and tents around the Citic tower, after courts granted an injunction – but judging from pictures on SCMP and blog posts from yesterday, pretty much is still the same.
Many people sat inside and outside the tents, either chatting with each other, working on some homework or creating artwork – and there were a few giving speeches and discussing things among each other (they spoke in Cantonese, so I’m not sure what they were talking about).
It was an interesting atmosphere – filled with lots of different people, young and adult, kids and students, grand parents and a few Westerners mixed in between.
There were are few people with yellow ribbons (on their clothing, backpacks and other bags, etc.) – but actually I noticed that the people in the protest areas are not wearing yellow ribbons that much (but you see quite a lot of black clothes).
But there are definitely more black/yellow colours than blue. The last few days I’ve not seen any anti-Occupy blue ribbons. Actually since they’ve completed the ‘Support our Police campaign’ (which was just a masquerade for an anti-Occupy campaign) all the blue ribbons and signs disappeared again.
I guess, if you go for those that have the longer breath, it’s definitely the yellow ribbon guys… I can’t believe that they have managed to keep these sites and roads blocked for seven weeks (and still counting). Personally I congratulate them and I don’t mind that buses/mini-buses on the island now have to take a different route – I don’t think that’s such a huge inconvenience as some people claim.
Plus, the nice side effect is: when would you ever have been able to walk on this crazy busy street on a Sunday afternoon? Never. That’s for sure. Cars and buses usually rule this part of the city and it is noisy and polluted – maybe they should turn this part into a park and have the traffic run underneath?!
But I guess, that’s all history for now – given that most of the tents have been cleared away since yesterday, following a court order.