So it's happening, it's turned truly violent. I am watching in the news and it seems complete mayhem, although I know the reality is probably somewhat different. I want to talk more about how I feel pretty angry about the whole thing, which was the reason I left the protest which turned out to be good as its was less ten minutes before things started really happening. The reason I left was I felt really disappointed by a lot of Hong Kong people who turned up were just standing around blocking the protesters and the police, some of whom needed real medical attention because they had been attacked with pepper spray. What was even more ridiculous was there were more photographers by about 300 per protester in the front. The other thing that really made me angry was that people had climbed all over the fences and around just spectating and was cheering every time the protesters and police had some sort of confrontation, yet they all stood around not doing anything anything. I felt it is one thing to believe in a cause but another to watch some sort of violent street theater as entertainment. It's not a gladiator fight. I got so angry at some teenagers at the back who were throwing water bottles for fun, and laughing giggling that I actually screamed at them about this isn't a game, unless they truly believe in the cause and willing to be hurt, they don't have the right to chuck bottles at the police, making it unsafe for everyone else. People who is losing their livelihood, violence and desperation is not funny. The reason that really made me totally embarrassed and made me want to leave the whole thing was reading the "Declarations" of the Hong Kong hunger strikers. It was total bullshit, what they were demanding they wanted the negotiation on agriculture and fisheries removed from the WTO table meaning everything remains status quo and it doesn't help the cause at all. It's one thing to declare free trade to be completely dismantled or makes sure that the negotiations are supporting fair trade, but just removing talks do nothing for nobody. If people are going to go that far to hunger strike they should know the issues well, and have a serious point to make. What made me even angrier the woman who was a foreign student who was handing the flyers out hadn't even read it. This is the kind of thing that made me really cautious in saying anything about the WTO because I met one too many people who have a lot to say but when I ask them to explain the real issues they don't know jack. Not to mention the police lying about how there were too many people at the protest area and wouldn't let any Hong Kong people in even if they were genuine protesters. In the end people just walked passed the police line.
Mainly this whole afternoon felt like such a farce, and it completely disrespects the real people who are being harmed by free trade.
At the beginning of this week, I really didn't know much about the issue, I took the time to read, and completely agree with the tenants of fair trade. But what really concerns me is over the week, with all the press coverage how quickly the genuine complaints of the poorest people in the world can be made into some sort of first world game.