Nearly 400 employees at 34 financial institutions launched an anonymous petition to support the Monday strike, as well as scheduling a brief protest in Chater Garden for Thursday evening, according to Hong Kong local newspapers.
The citywide strike is planned in all major districts Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tai Po, Wong Tai Sin, and Tuen Mun.
Staff from HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and UBS were among those who backed the call.
As Workers’ Unions in the Special Administrative Region have called on workers from all industries to participate, Monday’s demonstrations would likely test the limits of both police and protesters.
In the morning, demonstrators are planning to block Hong Kong’s bus and train system and attempt to spark a citywide traffic jam.
Today on Saturday, Hong Kongers are bracing for another weekend of mass demonstrations, with a protest march scheduled to take place in one of the world’s most densely populated areas.
By 6:00 pm in the afternoon, protesters have blocked off Nathan Road and are building barricades.
Demonstrators are now streaming down towards Tsim Tsa Tsui — the major shopping district on the tip of Kowloon. Organizers say 120,000 people have attended today’s Mong Kok protests.
These demonstrations followed along with the city’s civil servants and supporters crowded into a public park yesterday evening to join a pro-democracy movement that China’s top diplomat accused Western nations of provoking.
As the crowd flooded into the streets, demonstrators held up signs saying “We are civil servants and willing to step up!” and “Political neutrality does not equal conscienceless.”
Chan Fang On-sang, a well-known Hong Kong politician and civil servant who served as Chief Secretary in both the British colonial government of Hong Kong and later the Special Administrative Region government, was among the thousands in protests last night, accusing the government of ‘blindly leading the people’ amid security warnings.
Calls for an independent inquiry have intensified further since the recent violent attack in Yuen Long, where rod-welding mobsters attacked civilians and protesters returning home from an anti-government demonstration.
Organisers estimated the yesterday’s turnout to be 40,000 while police put the figure at 13,000.
While the Lennon Wall style of protest has been framed as a peaceful way to demonstrate, it has also further inflamed tensions in Hong Kong.
These Lennon Walls in various parts of the city have in recent days become flashpoints as Pro-Beijing groups have, at times, ripped down the posters and replaced them with messages supportive of the police or the Chinese Government.
After months of protests, Hong Kongers have played around with the government and their principles reinforced one another. The decision not to have a single leader was born from the experience of the Umbrella movement.
Through the protests, five key demands continue to sit on the table, ranging from withdrawing the extradition bill completely to an independent investigation into police brutality to Carrie Lam’s resignation.
In another development, violence has erupted at a mainland ice hockey game against the Shenzhen team. The attack on Hong Kong athletes happened on Wednesday during a Chinese national competition in Chengde.
Tensions between mainland Chinese youth and Hong Kong youth have also spilled into scuffles at university campuses in Australia and New Zealand in the past week.
Yesterday, CCP killer Guo Wengui has risked his reputation to announce the planned martial law by PLA troops ahead of the enforcement. He would do anything to save the Hong Kong people from CCP brutality.
Please keep your eyes on developments in Hong Kong the following days.
Everything is just beginning.
By Winnie Troppie