While Hong Kong has had some memorable protests of late, including those involving light shows and Pokémon, it’s going to be hard to top what went down last Friday night.
Oscar Lai, the current Vice-Chairman of Demosistō, a pro-democracy political party founded by Joshua Wong and other former leaders of Scholarism, was hosting a pro-democracy rally at Causeway Bay, when he happened to notice that two men at the rally were following him and filming him throughout the day. Instead of shying away from the men he assumed to be his “minders,” he called them out.
Lai started to question them, asking if the two worked for a news organization or if they were sent here by the China Liaison Office. Either way, Lai told them to tell their bosses that Demosistō was demanding that CY Leung step down.
Then, one of the men sarcastically replied that they were Lai’s “supporters” — words that he quickly came to regret. Someone from the crowd then egged Lai on, suggesting that he should snap a picture with his “supporters.” But the two men didn’t just get off with an awkward selfie; instead Lai asked them to chant pro-democracy slogans with the crowd.
“Kick away CY Leung!”
“I want universal suffrage!”
Causing their swift departure.
Watch the showdown here with captions provided by HKFP:
Pro-democracy movements are growing in popularity in Hong Kong. HKTV boss Ricky Wong is gaining support for his run for a seat on the Legislative Council mainly with the simple message to “oust CY Leung.” Meanwhile, another new political party thinks that the only way that necessary changes can be made is through a return to British rule..
By Sarah Lin
[Video via HKFP / Cloud]