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THE FUNAMBULIST PODCAST Nº114

THE HONG KONG UMBRELLA MOVEMENT: EPISODE 2/5

The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: Episode 2/5, recorded with Kathy Man & Dennis Man in Hong Kong on October 10, 2016.

From September 26 to December 15, 2014, tens of thousands of predominantly young Hong Kong residents occupied night and day the strategic sites of Admiralty (central business district on the North shore of the island) and Mong Kok (commercial core of Kowloon). These protests in the lineage of the revolutionary movements started in 2011 by what was commonly called the “Arab Spring,” then followed by various “occupations” in the Western World, occurred in opposition to the reform of the Hong Kong electoral system by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC). This series of five episodes of conversations with young participants to the movement intervenes at the beginning of the year when universal suffrage was promised by the Chinese Government to be implemented in Hong Kong. The contested decision of the NPCSC in 2014 consisted in a revision of this promise regarding the preliminary vetting of candidates to HK Chief Executive by Beijing. The occupations of the umbrella movement saw many interventions by young artists; they are the protagonists of this series recorded in October 2016 about their understanding and relation to the movement.

The second episode, recorded with Kathy Man, a political student at The University of Hong Kong, and Dennis Man, a HK-based photographer introduce the reasons for the movement to happen two and half years ago, as well as the chronology of these three months of occupation.

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Melinda Liu
Photograph by Melinda Liu