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[Umbrella Movement] Stay tuned and help stop the violence!/Mona C.

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Dear Friends,

If you have not already known about the Umbrella Movement, please spend some time reading this: www.facebook.com/HKDemoNow . You can also visit BBC’s Tom Grundy’s Twitter: or search #OccupyCentral, # UMHK, or an international facebook page.

Over the past week, a mass occupying movement was in motion in Hong Kong. Crowds of citizens occupied major transport lanes after government has repeatedly turned down demands to review the political reform, which gives rise to an undemocratic, and oppressive government. (You will see what I mean from what happen later).

Despite the extreme restraint occupiers exercised as BBC reports, the HK Police has used disproportionate violence against students and occupiers, including teargas and pepper sprays. (Summary see below) The government has not only failed to respond to public demand, but openly supported the use of violence by the police. While public sentiments seemed to be directed towards the police, the problem really lies in a history of discontent with the governance. (Reference: http://goo.gl/MQ0T8Q)

After the Chief Executive refused to resign as demanded by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and government officials failed to confirm a meeting date with student leaders, occupying continues at different spot of the city. Today, we regret to see that thugs and mobs appear, sexually harassing and beating up protestors. Skeptics alleged that the police are related to the intrusion of the triads on the spot. The police has denied it, and it is also true that some citizens are against the occupation. (From the Guardian and BBC)

If such crimes can happen under the camera as they are, we seriously worry about the safety of our students. You staying in tuned will help monitor the movement, and keep our students safe. Please do it, for solidarity.

Here are some numbers (updated on 4th Oct) to compare police’s action during the peaceful protest, and after the intrusion of anti-occupy thugs and mobs:

Occupying Gatherings Intrusion of thugs and mobs in Mong Kok, where multiple cases of assault, sexual harassment, and disruption of order were reported
Arrested: at least 74 people Arrested: 19 people (8 has triad background)
Pepper Spray: unlimited Pepper Spray: 0
Teargas: 87 Teargas: 0
Replies from the Police: Condemning all violent acts. The police has been restraint in action, and have used appropriate violence. Replies from the Police: protesters have been occupying the road and creating inconvenience for the society. Protestors should, for their own safety, leave the site under police’s protection. Otherwise, they will be removed by force or arrested. The Police also call for Protestor’s retreat from Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui etc.
Reason for action: Have to clear ground Reason behind inaction: Have to clear ground

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