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Male
Fr. United States
Topic: Hong Kong on edge.....
Watching the protests from the 14th floor of The Conrad. We've been told to stay inside and off the streets..police have warned that tear gas will be used and a high level of force will be used if protesters continue to push the lines.

I'm guessing 40-50000 people are currently in Admiralty. Amazing to see this first hand.

Let's just hope no one gets hurt and things are dealt with in a manner which is peaceful.

I'm supposed to be on a flight at 0845 tomorrow, my tickets are transferable which is lucky.

Live updates are on the South China website.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1602958/live-occupy-central-kicks-hundreds-classroom-boycott-students-leave
28 Sep 2014
Male
Fr. United States
Tear gas is definitely being used right now. Unbelievable. Not something I ever expected to see here.

Hotel wifi has been cut off. I'm not sure it's related to the protests.
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
We just got told by hotel staff, that if we leave the building for dinner, we may not be able to get back inside later. I'm assuming they're worried about what's happening outside. They suggested....'our buffet is excellent and I'm sure we can arrange some free drinks for your guests'. Sounds good.

Police have batons out and people are running every which way. Hard to say what's happening further down the street, my view is blocked by another high rise.

28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Some hotel guests have just complained that they've been told they cannot check out. No taxis, no buses, basically central HK is in lockdown.

Time for a stiff drink me thinks.
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Very interesting. Keep us posted if you can.
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Al Jazeera:

"The movement has grown by thousands in hours. Things have grown faster than anticipated by anybody," Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from the protest site, said. "Protesters are waiting for the reaction of the Beijing government."
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Staff have told all guests that the hotel is the safest place to be. Apparently reports of gun fire have been made....no way of knowing if this has happened or not. Could be anything. Flares have been let off all afternoon, water cannons have been seen a couple hundred meters from where we're staying. The hotel wifi is still disconnected, so I'm thinking its due to the protests. 4G is still active though. We were told by a staff member here that the crowds in the area are over 100000 strong. Again hard to say whats what. The noise outside is amazing, I've never been in a war zone, but this would have to be close. Sirens, shouting, screaming, more sirens.
Time for another round of drinks.
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Can you take any pictures?
28 Sep 2014


replied by Sagan on 21:44:30 28 Sep
I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but my Internet access is very slow, and I can't get any news sites.
Male
Fr. Germany
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mass-hong-kong-democracy-demonstration-hit-with-tear-gas/
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. Germany
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/28/world/asia/china-hong-kong-students/index.html
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. Germany
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/09/28/hongkong-china-idINKCN0HN04620140928
28 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Luckily, I've just arrived at the airport. 0845 flight out, back in HK on Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully, next time is a little less stressful.

Admiralty area directly around our hotel was still packed this morning. I'd say 75% of total crowd from last night. Certainly not as raucous this morning, many protestors were fast asleep on the roads and police seemed to be resting. We managed to walk to Central and hopped a re-routed bus to Tsim Sha Shui.

Seems the protests are no longer confined to the island. Mong Kok has also turned into a protest site overnight apparently.
29 Sep 2014


Female
Fr. China
Please confine discussion only on issues of safety for WOX members, and how to go about avoiding trouble spots in Hong Kong.

Any sensitive political issue discussed here will be deleted.

Thank you.
29 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. Ethiopia
As the evil English lords were ripping out his guts....William Wallace had one word for the crowd salivating at the sight they beheld.....FREEDOOM!!!
29 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. Ethiopia
and just does the wax team judge is "politically insensitive"? tell us your truth so that people may obey...and kow tow..............
29 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. United States
Imagine these boys and girls in HK hearing from old men in Beijing how they must live the rest of their lives even after the current government is dead and gone. Is that what anybody would want for their child?
29 Sep 2014


Male
Fr. Isle of Man
Just shows you what they are protesting for. WOX has to ask us to censor our selves. HK is trying to be free of that censorship...
29 Sep 2014


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