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ATL🇺🇸 in #HongKong: THREAD 1/n

Today SO MUCH in one short video:

* Melee of press, #police, protesters & tourists
* #HongKongProtester being arrested
* UK tourist watching atop the silver sculpture
* Sound of pepper spray being sprayed (fountain-style)
* Tear gas being shot
#HongKong THREAD 2/n

I'm not here to be at the front lines (this guy👇👇👇 is), but to visit with some #HongKongers & their supporters involved.

Think of it as American Thought Leaders🇺🇸, #HongKong Edition, & why not ATL🇺🇸—it's been said that this resembles, in some ways, 1776.
#HongKongProtests THREAD 3/n

Meet conflict reporter @Michael_Yon (with gas mask & orange vest) & #HongKong videographer Eric Fok @RazvenHK (donning mask).

Ok, before you meet them, meet the rather assertive #HongKongPolice. Big blue sign means "this protest is unauthorized."
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"Remember, remember the fifth of November"…
Hong Kong tonight.
“Behind this mask there is an idea...and ideas are bulletproof.”

People are gathering to protest the anti mask law which was passed a month ago, and to echo the quote from V for Vendetta, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.”

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This is our Hong Kong #PolicyAddress2019 thread.
#CarrieLam will begin to deliver the policy address in less than 30 minutes. She’s stated she will focus on housing and land issue, and wants the storm in #HongKong to end.
#CarrieLam plans to announce a HK$2bn subsidy to install electric car parking facilities in private estates. Happy to hear for the environment, but the public is much keener to hear what she has to say about other topics...…
“Five Demands, Not One Less!” Chant pro-democracy members in LegCo hall. After the chanting stops, the camera zooms in on legislators. Some keep to themselves, otbers chat with their neighbours. #PolicyAddress2019 #HongKong
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In response to this comments by POTUS @realDonaldTrump & others

1. 🇭🇰 Protestors may shrink in numbers but this doesn't mean the movement is losing momentum / public support.

(Polls show that discontent towards HK Gov continues to grow by the day)…
2. 🇭🇰 Gov & #HKPF has been making efforts to disperse crowd (e.g. deployment of teargas & excessive force) at BEGINNINGS of protests

This means it is no longer possible to hold another peaceful 2M march without serious casualties.
3. Protests are no longer safe and recommended for elderly & children.

While not necessarily preferring use of violence, everyone out in the streets must be prepared to take the risk in case situation get ugly.

All protesters must be ready to run / put on a fight if need be.
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#CarrieLam's explanation for #AntiMaskLaw: a lot of people in the society support it. Other countries have similar legislation. It's not an easy decision, but it's a necessary one.
Doesn't imply the city has declared state of emergency. Purpose of the law is to restore order. #AntiMaskLaw makes exemptions for others who need to wear masks for necessary reasons. "This is a regulation and a subsidiary legislation." Law to be tabled at LegCo on 16th Oct.
Masks are banned in three situations:
1. March of >5 ppl or rally of >3 ppl approved under Public Order Ordinance
2. Unapproved rallies, illegal assemblies
3. Riots
Masks refer to anything that fully or partially cover the face and prevents identification, including paint.
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HAPPENING NOW: People wearing masks are protesting against a potential ban on face masks that Hong Kong's government is expected to announce Friday afternoon

For more @business:

#HongKongProtests #香港
@business "If Hong Kong falls, the whole world falls."

This man explains why he's out protesting in central Hong Kong. Carrie Lam plans to hold a special Legislative Council meeting to discuss a mask ban that could be imposed under emergency laws

#HongKongProtests #香港
@business "To ban this will just make Hong Kong people even more angry."

This protester explains why he thinks a potential mask ban won't help quell months of #HongKongProtests
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As someone with a lot of ties to the West, I've known of Pepe as a character who became associated with the alt-right. However, he has become a famous face of the Hong Kong protests. Here I will thread the Pepe's I come across in the wild and any discussion articles I find.
This SCMP article has great insight into why Pepe is a protest mascot. He was once popular around the world as a meme, and whilst he was co-opted by the alt-right in the West, this never happened to Pepe in Hong Kong, so he continues to be a popular icon.…
This photo by Kero Ming (Facebook) on 6/9 inspired these future works. Derivatives persist in artwork weeks later.
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