Occupy Hong Kong Protesters Seek to Build Movement

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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A handful of protesters pressed their message in the streets of Hong Kong Monday as supporters of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement attempt to gain a foothold in Asia.

About 20 young people, mainly students, demonstrated in the heart of Hong Kong's financial district where they have been since Saturday, when similar protests were held in Asian cities including Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei.

The Hong Kong group appears ready for a prolonged stay, with tents, bullhorns and a gas-powered generator to recharge their laptops.

Jeff Lam, one of the protesters, said the group hopes more people will join them.

The group has a Facebook page called “Occupy Hong Kong,” which says they have peacefully assembled to publicize the excesses of the rich and powerful.

The movement, which began in New York as a protest against the growing disparity between rich and poor, was first felt in Asia on Saturday when Wall Street-inspired protests were held around the world.

About 300 people turned out for an “Occupy Tokyo” protest in the Japanese capital, where they marched on the headquarters of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Similar numbers marched in Seoul and Taipei.

There have been no such demonstrations in China, where the state-controlled media sees the protests as evidence of the inherent shortcomings of capitalism.

People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, said Monday the mechanism that used to concentrate capital to develop industries and society has become severely twisted as the West has lost its will to accumulate wealth through hard work.