Yesterday started off pretty quietly with barricaded roads, little traffic and protester-numbers thinning as activists went home to clean up and possibly grab a bite. But as offices closed ahead of today’s National Day holiday, Hongkongers began to stream towards the protest hotspots.
Not even thunderstorms could dampen their enthusiasm, the iconic umbrella which had been used to fend of tear gas two days earlier were deployed against the elements. In some ways the turn in weather was a blessing as it cooled the sweltering heat.
Timeline Sept 30
1 pm: Executive Council Convenor Lam Woon-kwong urges protestors to occupy places like Tamar park or Victoria Park to reduce the nuisance to the public.
11:30 am: Chan Kin-man meets with the press. He apologises for causing nuisance to the public and hope that they can understand Occupy Central aims to save the city.
8 am: Crowds wait expectantly around Bauhinia square, so do the police. The ceremony goes without a hitch, but people wonder why
7 am: Some protesters want to storm their way in to the official flag-raising ceremony, but officials let them in without a fight. Joshua Wong says a taxi driver gave him a lift to the ceremony. Long security checks to make sure the ceremony is safe.
6 am: Protesters start to gather near
5 am: Soaked democracy protesters regroup as Occupy Hong Kong passes the 100 hours mark.
4 am: All focus is on the National Day ceremony.
1 am: The amber rainstorm warning is issued.
Midnight: Protesters in Mongkok use police banners to issue their own warning.
11 pm: Another thunderstorm warning is issued.
10 pm: Two ambulances are spotted on
9 pm: The first tents are spotted. A Chinese TV news report says the protests have cost
8 pm: Urban Outfitters which was meant to open its
7 pm: Mongkok begins to fill up again. There is lightning which makes for dramatic protest pictures and the storm breaks. Prowling YP sub-editor Lucy Christie reports that there are lots of black t-shirts on the streets.
There are demonstrations in support of Hong Kong protesters planned in
6 pm: Hong Kong Observatory issues a thunderstorm warning for 7pm. International media are watching and say how amazed they are that HK’s protests are so polite. At government HQ, protesters raise a banner asking “Do you hear the people sing”. An angry man pelts protesters with rotten eggs. Protesters put up signs to tell people what supplies they need, including ice, first aid equipment and goggles.
5 pm: Roads are heavily barricaded by protesters who carry umbrellas, the symbol of the protest. A policeman asking protesters to clear a lane for cars is forced to leave after he is met with chants of "No compromise". Protest organisers Alex Cho and Chan Kin-man repeat their demands for CY Leung to resign at a press conference outside government HQ in Admiralty. But students remind people that the reason for "their" protests was democracy and political reform, not to ask for anyone to resign. Occupy Central says it will open "humanitarian corridors" to let emergency vehicles through.
4pm: Yellow warning signs appear, citing the Nuremberg Principle IV, which says that if officials break international law they won’t be able to use the excuse that their boss told them to do it. Scholarism says they will hold a silent protest for democracy on National Day.
3pm: Protesters get creative, drawing pictures, decorating buses with messages of encouragement. A jewellery shop opens in