At Causeway Bay today, it looked like protesters had packed
and were ready to move out/elsewhere if needed
At the same time though, there still remained opportunities
to talk, teach and learn at the site
These signs I saw on October 1 in Causeway Bay
may no longer be there today but their sentiments
have been taken to heart by many
Not long from now it'll be Monday morning -- when, according to Hong Kong's unpopular, unrespected and untrusted Chief Executive, the roads currently occupied by participants in the Umbrella Revolution (or, perhaps more accurately, Umbrella Movement, since they actually don't want a revolution, "just" democracy) need to be cleared in order to let "normal life" resume.
In the first hours after his warning was issued, there was strong defiance, as particularly evidenced by the huge crowd that assembled in Admiralty last night. And as Sunday turns into Monday, there still are a significant number of protestors unwilling to give up the fight (or even withdraw for the time being to fight another day) -- this despite there being serious fears once again of violence being used against them (by the police as well as Triad-infested anti-Occupy groups) .
If truth be told, for much of today, the sense I've been getting is that the protests may be winding down (or, at least, have passed their peak); with my seeing with my own two eyes that the protest area in Causeway Bay has become quite a bit smaller and the crowd in Admiralty being quite a bit smaller this evening than it was last night, though still pretty sizable.
I will admit to feeling some sadness descend upon me today; this not least upon observing how indifferent (if not actually hostile) many people, including in the part of Hong Kong where I live, appear to be to the Umbrella Revolution -- and when considering that no substantial concessions have been made by the embattled authorities as yet.
But while spending time in Causeway Bay this afternoon -- and, even more so, upon observing the still buzzing scene at Admiralty this evening -- I also was provided with reminders that what has been shown full well this week is how Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement has way more supporters and endurance than anyone (even the likes of Benny Tai and Joshua Wong) ever realized.
The pro-democracy genie has been let out of the bottle. And I believe that even if Occupy Hong Kong looks like it's gone tomorrow or at some point in the very near future, the populist movement that has already had quite the impact on the hearts, minds and souls of large numbers of people is well capable of re-forming and regrouping again at will.