Someone suggested I should give it a go and design a logo for the current movement in Hong Kong. The Umbrella Revolution, so-called because umbrellas were used to shield against pepper spray and teargas and… typically Chinese, they were also dual-used to hide from the sun during the day. Feel free to take it, it belongs to the people of Hong Kong.
Before I go on, I should add prior the aggressive tactics deployed by the police, I wasn’t vocal or planning to take part in anything – mainly because we’re not really in a position to make demands, especially as the economy of Hong Kong is heavily reliant on China, the money is coming from the Central Government. Secondly Hong Kong IS China, short from an insane breakaway, it is a part of China. Lastly, I don’t want chaos – I don’t want to give them reasons to send in the military. The current question is, how far can we push them? And… how much are they willing to take?
The city is densely packed, it’s an urban sprawl of narrow streets and tight corridors with the population bursting out from every crack, if the population does indeed decide to mobilise, it wouldn’t take them long to overwhelm the police force. The last thing I want to see are tanks and soldiers crossing into Hong Kong, don’t descend into madness and don’t give them a reason to deploy.
I don’t want my grandmother to see this, I don’t want my relatives in Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Yuen Long, Tai Po, Causeway Bay, Fanling unable to go outside, I don’t want my cousin’s new-born son grow up in a climate of fear and intimidation, I don’t want retribution against anyone who might be from across the border because we’re the same people!
It’s a very complicated situation with so many layers, deep down Hong Kong must be aware nothing can be changed, and the galvanised global support is the result of the heavy-handedness of the police force, who I must add, are also Hong Kongers torn between their heart and doing the job. It’s hard to tell what really happened, but bottom line is, people are angry and upset, people like me who are vehemently opposed to violence have joined in. I don’t want blood spilling on the streets of Hong Kong, I fully support the right for a peaceful protest and that we must also work hard to suppress the extreme elements in our own camp.
There isn’t a clear exit strategy, at the moment we’re still very much riding a live current. We’re essentially poking Beijing with a large stick… and I fear this might accelerate their need to bring HK in order, thus making the transition much quicker and painful. These scenarios wear heavy on my mind.
We’re front page news across the world but I sincerely hope for calm. We’re all waiting for Beijing’s next step – they have heard us, how will they respond?
I wouldn’t be surprised if they refuse to move.
There’s a price for democracy, but are we willing to pay?