Exit sealed? Then make one for yourself

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 2 Dec 2019

A private security group has taken over guarding the Polytechnic University - but they are no match for the radicals.

On Friday, this columnist walked just five minutes away from the sealed, guarded main entrance of Polytechnic University to find a group of young people had cut a large hole in the fence to make their own entrance and exit.

"No photo," one said to me in a now familiar refrain of censorship.

They were shifting sealed bags of something out of the complex.

My Western media friends would no doubt assume the bags contained noble pro-democracy leaflets of the most uplifting variety.

But Western commentators are less honest than the protesters, who earlier proudly showed me their lethal petrol bomb factory.

I filmed them anyway because of my utter fearlessness ["idiotic death wish."]

In the end, they generously allowed me to live - probably because they couldn't chase me with heavy bags to look after.

Hong Kong police officers can be a real pain sometimes, but the fascist side of the protest movement is scarier.

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"Now 30" - the protest-hit anniversary concert for the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui - has been postponed to next year, the government announced. Surely they'll have to change the name to "Now 31"?

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On a related theme, the Daily Mail yesterday revealed that Britain's Prince Edward has stashed his savings in a tax-proof investment in the Virgin Islands. Will the islands have to change their name too?

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Hong Kong's U-Select supermarkets need to remove the UK price stickers, as this picture shows. Hong Kong people are good at math and can see they're being asked to pay nearly HK$50 for a single product that's labeled as two for the equivalent of HK$40.

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Reader Tom Guendert noticed a passionately pro-radical cafe, covered in anti-authority messages, just 30 seconds walk away from the police headquarters in Wan Chai. "This seems to contradict the global narrative we are living under extreme Chinese Communist Party-backed police oppression," he said.

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Many international companies are advertising property in Hong Kong to attract people fed up with the destruction here. A firm named List Sotheby's has an advantage. "It's been offering a combined 'property showcase' and 'immigration seminar'," said our source, a Mong Kok resident who has his eye on Bangkok.

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More deadly petrol bombs were recently found at the universities than all the tear gas canisters fired by all police units put together since the protests began. Sigh.

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A sad quote from a man named Ashtar Gent: "The story of Shenzhen: A fishing village turning into a mega city. The story of Hong Kong: A mega city turning into a fishing village."

Not so, says a reader who calls herself Chun Lurker (not her real name). "Protester numbers are down and the nasty stuff is on Kowloon side," she said.

"This is the time for Hong Kong Island to declare independence from the rest of the city."

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PolyU is innocent! The revelation that only 46 of the 1,000-plus radicals who cornered themselves at the campus were registered students came as no surprise. This columnist attended black-shirt rallies there and never counted more than 62 people - fewer than the number of students queuing for the university restaurants [which, incidentally, were run by Maxim's and Starbucks].

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