The pro-democracy protest group known as “Gau Wu” — Mandarin for “shopping” — celebrated its 1,000 day anniversary on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok on Monday evening.
Photo: In-Media.
The nightly demonstration began after the Mong Kok site of the pro-democracy Occupy protests was cleared in November 2014.
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The events were nicknamed “shopping protests” because demonstrators claimed they were in Mong Kok to shop, in response to then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying urging people to help small business in the district affected by the protests.
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On Monday evening, the street in Mong Kok was flooded with yellow banners and umbrellas — a symbol of the Occupy protests.
Photo: In-Media.
A cake and a roasted pig were also shared to mark the occasion.
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A forum was also held to discuss the future of Hong Kong democracy.
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Among those in attendance were activist Ken Tsang, People Power’s Tam Tak-chi and Ray Chan, and ousted lawmaker Edward Yiu.
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“These 1000 days — around three years — have not been easy at all,” Tsang said at the event.
Ken Tsang. Photo: In-Media.
Tsang said that there were times when the police would give the demonstrators a hard time, or counter-protesters would provoke them, but everyone still kept going. He expressed his admiration for their persistence.
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“However, I do not wish to see ‘Gau Wu’ celebrate its 2,000th or 3,000th day anniversary — I hope that we will have genuine universal suffrage [as soon as possible]… I hope Hongkongers will live peacefully and happily, and they will not have to endure hardship every day in the fight for democracy.”
Photo: SocREC 社會記錄頻道.
The group raised their yellow umbrellas at 9:28pm, alluding to September 28, 2014 when the Occupy protests began.
Photo: SocREC 社會記錄頻道.
They also chanted slogans such as “I want true universal suffrage” and “Release the political prisoners” — a reference to the three Occupy activists and 13 northeast New Territories protesters that were jailed by the court last week.
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Previously, during its 300-day commemoration event in 2015, scuffles broke out between protesters and counter-protesters, leading to four arrests.

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Karen Cheung

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.