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How to Occupy properly

How to Occupy properly

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Unlike Occupy Singapore, you can trust the people of Hong Kong to sustain a protest proper.

By Belmont Lay

I’m here in Hong Kong, Singapore’s closest financial centre rival.

And boy, could things be more different on the ground.

If you remember, two weeks ago, an anonymous organiser in Singapore tried his/her hand at setting off a leaderless movement in Raffles Place, in the name of the Occupy protests that were sprouting worldwide. Read the full story

Singapore leads the world in not caring about corporate greed

Singapore leads the world in not caring about corporate greed

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Read the orginal articles here and here.

At Occupy Hong Kong: Hey bro, you from Anonymous too?

Singapore is one of the world’s wealthiest nations and a regional base for many banks and fund managers. So it’s no surprise that there was a no-show for the #occupyrafflesplace protest on Saturday. Reuters (where we got this article from), reported that:

“The pro-government Sunday Times appeared to take pride in the non-turnout after a call to gather at Raffles Place in the financial center failed to materialize.

“What’s missing in this picture?” it asked on its front page above a picture of three policemen patrolling an almost empty Raffles Place.”

which is a more PC way of saying: the government’s gloating about the no-show, but it’s probably also because protests are banned in all areas except a tiny Speaker’s corner.

The Malaysian chapter drew a larger but still modest crowd of 200 in Kuala Lumpur. Organizers blamed the poor turnout on a lack of communication and fears of a police crackdown.

Comparatively, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in July in anger over the slow pace of political reforms.

Rain curbed protests in South Korea and according to Reuters, there was only a small turnout in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong.

Yet Bloomberg reports a crowd of 200 at the Occupy Central movement.

Protests went into their second day as 40 demonstrators slept overnight in a foyer beneath the Asian headquarters of HSBC Holdings Plc.

Armed with tents, bullhorns and a gas-powered generator used to help them recharge their laptops, the protesters occupied the public thoroughfare under the building as about a dozen police stood by.