The Battle of Los Angeles, 1999
Stand up for all who are facing injustice at the hands of those placed into positions of power to ‘protect’ the people.
It does not matter the location. Globally, we must work together to ensure a future where we are not beaten down and controlled by nameless badges and ranks.
Even if it is just sharing a link to information — it raises awareness on the situation. We must let those in power know that WE are watching.
Many locations lose internet access when things get hectic, so we must do our job to help those who cannot spread information.
None of us know when it could be OUR town being impacted by what is taking place globally.
Solidarity for ALL who won’t cower in the face of corruption.
Friend sent this video to me, footage of police using pepper spray on an elderly woman during the protest
PEPPER SPRAY… being used like pesticides. Our people have nothing to defend themselves except for Umbrellas, and if they’re lucky gas masks and goggles.
We started here to fight for democracy in a non-violent manner. The police, no doubt under the control of the Chief Executive, CY Leung, has attacked these people on the grounds of “Illegal Gathering”.
These haste-made decisions have caused even more chaos, the people are angry. The situation is spiralling out of control.
TEAR GAS BOMBS on multiple occasions, causing extreme nausea and sickness for participants near and far. Result? More chaos.
THEY ARE THREATENING US WITH GUNS. I have never seen a situation in Hong Kong this chaotic. We are defenceless, we just want to be heard.
Many of these participants are students, from Universities, secondary schools alike. We just want a better future for Hong Kong, we don’t want to destroy, we just want to progress.
What is it that we want?
We want the students unfairly arrested to be released. We want the violence to stop. We want our words to be heard. We want the Chief Executive to respond to our efforts. We want him to stop cowering behind the protection of the Chinese Government. We want 1 Country, 2 Systems. We want DEMOCRACY.
With international support, we hope that this will give pressure to our government to respond to our strike, and to see results to our demands for Democracy. That is all we want. PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD, we don’t want anymore violence.
26-28/9 Student Strike and Occupy Central In Hong Kong
Be brave, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is not alone. The world is watching.
Thank you for caring.
My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.
It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong Kong and Chinese Government this week, and the movement has escalated into citizens occupying Government Square and now, a main road leading into Hong Kong’s central hub.
Most protesters are younger generation Hong Kongers, including university students and even secondary school students. The leader of the student movement himself is barely even old enough to drive a car.
The movement began peacefully with citizens merely sitting quietly and occupying a public space in a silent protest on Friday night.
Then at 7:00 in the morning the next day, policemen stormed into the public square and began clearing out the area by force, dragging youngsters out violently, injuring many of them. Policemen have also been witnessed to beating youngsters without reason, and using high-concentration, anti-riot pepperspray on civilians who are merely attempting to protect themselves. No civilian put up any sort of fight or attempt at assaulting the police as far as i know,
(Police justified clearing out the area with the reason that protesters are holding illegal meetings in a public space.)
(Protesting civilians who remained on the streets overnight are wearing plastic wraps and raincoats under 30 degree weather in an attempt to protect themselves should the police utilize peppersprays again.)
The movement escalated again tonight when the protesters (now 4 times the size of the student movement the previous week) occupied a main road leading to the central hub of Hong Kong.
The police barricaded the roads and attempted to stop more people from joining the crowd this whole afternoon, but the peaceful crowd remained persistent and would not leave the area even after the police issued verbal warnings. (I emphasize “peaceful”, because protesters continued to be orderly and did not display any forms of aggression. They even cleared out a path for cars to pass the area, something the police didn’t even bother to do.)
At around 6:00, the police began using peppersprays on civilians again, this time high-powered ones that came in tanks instead of in bottles. Our people continued to shield themselves with umbrellas, but the umbrellas were also soon snatched away by the police. Live feed videos have also confirmed that police have been misusing peppersprays by firing them at close proximity, and also not giving any sort of verbal warnings before firing.
Video of a policeman firing at an elderly man at point-blank range:
Yet again, protesters remained, and at 7:00, armed forces were sent into the crowd. They began firing tear gas capsules INTO the crowds and even INTO First-aid stations. The rounds came every few minutes and i counted at least 5 capsules being fired in a 10-minute period according to the live feeds.
at least 30,000 people continue to stand their ground right this second, more armed policemen are being sent in, and news is that these police are ordered to use guns (loaded with plastic bullets) on civilians if protesters continue to remain.
I fear for the people because policemen are not what they used to be anymore. These “police” who should be protecting us are now private armies for the government. I am watching my city die. It’s a terrifying feeling. If the police feel they are justified to use force on innocent civilians, tonight could end up in another massacre just like that of the Tian An Men June Fourth Massacre in 1989.
And at this point I am too emotional to say anything else except that we need your prayers and your support. Please spread this out, people all over the world need to see what is happening right now.
LIVE FEED OF THE CURRENT SITUATION: