Hong Kong Politics & Protest

In Pictures: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘shopping’ activists celebrate 1,000 days of protest in Mong Kok

The pro-democracy protest group known as “Gau Wu” — Mandarin for “shopping” — celebrated its 1,000 day anniversary on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok on Monday evening.
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The nightly demonstration began after the Mong Kok site of the pro-democracy Occupy protests was cleared in November 2014.
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The events were nicknamed “shopping protests” because demonstrators claimed they were in Mong Kok to shop, in response to then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying urging people to help small business in the district affected by the protests.

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On Monday evening, the street in Mong Kok was flooded with yellow banners and umbrellas — a symbol of the Occupy protests.
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A cake and a roasted pig were also shared to mark the occasion.
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A forum was also held to discuss the future of Hong Kong democracy.
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Among those in attendance were activist Ken Tsang, People Power’s Tam Tak-chi and Ray Chan, and ousted lawmaker Edward Yiu.
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“These 1000 days — around three years — have not been easy at all,” Tsang said at the event.
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Ken Tsang. Photo: In-Media.

Tsang said that there were times when the police would give the demonstrators a hard time, or counter-protesters would provoke them, but everyone still kept going. He expressed his admiration for their persistence.
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“However, I do not wish to see ‘Gau Wu’ celebrate its 2,000th or 3,000th day anniversary — I hope that we will have genuine universal suffrage [as soon as possible]… I hope Hongkongers will live peacefully and happily, and they will not have to endure hardship every day in the fight for democracy.”
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The group raised their yellow umbrellas at 9:28pm, alluding to September 28, 2014 when the Occupy protests began.
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They also chanted slogans such as “I want true universal suffrage” and “Release the political prisoners” — a reference to the three Occupy activists and 13 northeast New Territories protesters that were jailed by the court last week.
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Previously, during its 300-day commemoration event in 2015, scuffles broke out between protesters and counter-protesters, leading to four arrests.

In Pictures: Hong Kong's pro-democracy 'shopping' activists celebrate 1,000 days of protest in Mong Kok