Demonstration in Hong Kong, Protesters and police action. An eyewitness account. Part 2.

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The demonstrators at a bus stop were surrounded by the police only able to move backwards the way they had walked but could not move forwards or sideways as the police linked arm to arm up to five deep.  If a walker on the sidewalk and clearly committing no crime asked to proceed forward, they were denied exit by the police.  I felt that this was a human rights violation to freedom of peaceful movement in a public place.

I communicated between the leader of the demonstrators Leung Kwok Hung aka Long Hair and the Supervisor of the police.  I took a message from the supervisor, as a mediator and a conduit of communication.   It was also understood by the supervisor I was a Pastor and peaceful.  The police would open the ranks to allow me to pass between themselves and the demonstrators.  The leader of the demonstrators, Long Hair asked me to take a picture of a prisoner for conscious sake in mainland China and present it to the Liaison Office (LO) of the Peoples Republic of China and Hong Kong.  (the picture just above Long Hair and to the right is the prisoner I presented to the LO) Presenting pictures to the PRC was one of the primary reasons for the people to walk to the LO  I took a taxi straight away to the office feeling it was correct to bring the remembrance of these people to the PRC government and to pray for them and their family.

At the LO a small group of about 10 people were waving Taiwan, England and the former Hong Kong flag under British rule.  They were put into a very small area fenced to the side of the LO and that was their allowed right by the police.  They were not allowed on the public sidewalk in front of the LO.  Police numbered about 30 officers with about 4 video cameras to film anyone in front of the LO.  I was allowed to lay the picture in from of the LO on the public sidewalk and I requested to kneel in prayer for the prisoners, the Hong Kong police and their families and the demonstrators.  That was allowed with no restrictions except no more than two minutes of prayer.

Afterwards, the supervisor or the police at that location engaged me in conversation.  Her comments reflect the majority viewpoint of police.  “Yes, it was a public sidewalk and police were ordered to not allow anyone to stand in front of the LO on the sidewalk” and “She was just doing her duty to maintain public order”.  My thought was no one is here except myself on a public sidewalk and how could a lone person kneeling in prayer apply to public order.  And most importantly she thanked me for praying for her and her family.

Part 3 will be posted soon. – Returning the demonstrators in Central watching their courageous stand and the police reaction.

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