Be Water: The fluidity of protest methods intertwined both online and offline in Hong Kong's anti-extradition bill protest
For a movement that has outlasted Occupy Wall Street and the Umbrella Movement, the still ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong shows no signs of fatigue. It started by opposing the amendment of the extradition bill that would allow the Hong Kong government to extradite any 'claimed Fugitive Offenders' by China or Hong Kong to Mainland China. Now the movement has evolved to address the five demands for true autonomy promised in the Sino -British Joint Declaration, a registered legal treaty, but long-delayed (and denied) by China for over 22 years. The five key demands include an independent investigation into alleged police brutality and resumption of democratic reforms.
The creative and efficient uses of technology, whether in journalistic reporting or social media mobilising, relate to multiple paradigm shifts in the context of the high interconnectedness of networked collective actions, a breakthrough of class and demography that usually thwarts political participation, and the emergence of 'reporter-as-activator' that completely changed public opinion during several controversial clashes.
In this sharing, Janet Lui and Siushan Cheng, alumni of MA Political Communications at Goldsmiths and activists from Hong Kong, will present their observations of the movement from a participant's point of view and consider its potential impact on the development of the social movement.
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