- Title: Hong Kong has "become hell": homeless man supports anti-government protests
- Date: 30th September 2019
- Summary: (MUTE) VARIOUS TIMELAPSE OF LOW STANDING NEAR PRINCE EDWARD SUBWAY STATION AND PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HOMELESS PRO-DEMOCRACY MAN, 73, LOW TIT MAN SAYING: "My name is Low Tit Man, I'm 73 years old. I am here because I want to cheer for the Hong Kong people, strive on Hong Kong people!" POSTER READING (Chinese): "PAY THE BLOOD DEBT WITH BLOOD" (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HOMELESS PRO-DEMOCRACY MAN, 73, LOW TIT MAN SAYING: "When I first came to Hong Kong it was like heaven, the doors of every house were not locked, it was heaven. There was no robbery, rape, no crime, nothing bad happened, the whole Hong Kong was peaceful, everyone was living well, as if they were heaven. It was "A Pearl of the East", an international city. But now it has become hell, all the students are getting beaten up." VARIOUS OF LOW LIGHTING INCENSE IN FRONT OF VIGIL SHOWING SYMPATHY FOR VICTIMS ALLEGEDLY BEATEN UP BY THE POLICE IN THE SUBWAY STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HOMELESS PRO-DEMOCRACY MAN, 73, LOW TIT MAN SAYING: "It is the responsibility of the government who came up with the extradition law and caused havoc in Hong Kong, and now, they support the 'black police' who broke the law, who beat the people up and broke the law knowingly, they are lawless." LOW CROSSING THE ROAD LOW APPROACHING WALL FILLED WITH POSTERS SUPPORTING THE PROTESTS LOW LOOKING ON LOW WALKING PAST WALL LOW STICKING HIS POST-IT NOTE WITH BLUE WORDS ONTO WALL, READING (Chinese): "SEEKING THE TRUTH" NOTE READING (Chinese): "EVERY EVIL STARTS WITH (CARRIE) LAM, MAY THE GLORY BE WITH HONG KONG" (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HOMELESS PRO-DEMOCRACY MAN, 73, LOW TIT MAN SAYING: "Yes I come here everyday to help the students and help protect the children. Their cause will succeed with more help because the existing laws and regulations are not good. I'm here every day to stand for justice, to protect Hong Kong." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING IN HONG KONG VARIOUS OF HOMELESS PEOPLE HIGH-RISE APARTMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) HOMELESS MAN, LOW TIT MAN, 73, SAYING: "This is for the happiness of the next generation, that's why I want to reject the bad policies, the rule of law that are not good for the citizens of Hong Kong, so that our next generation don't have to deal with the unfair law." PEOPLE WALKING VARIOUS OF LOW SITTING ON BENCH, LISTENING TO THE RADIO
- Embargoed: 14th October 2019 05:45
- Keywords: Hong Kong China protests homeless man pro-democracy
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA003AYUKU9Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Homeless man Low Tit Man has lived in Hong Kong since he was 11, and has thrown his support behind the young anti-government protesters who have filled the streets, sometimes resulting in violent clashes with police.
Now 73, the man who was born in the Philippines thinks that Hong Kong has moved in a worse direction since its 1997 handover to China.
"When I first came to Hong Kong it was like heaven. There was no robbery, rape, no crime, nothing bad happened. It was 'A Pearl of the East', an international city. But now it has become hell," he told Reuters.
In front of the Prince Edward subway station, which has become one of the many flashpoints in the city, walls are filled with posters and slogans berating Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the police, accused of beating up protesters, and Low visits these walls to write messages of support.
In 2014, he made headlines when police arrested him as part of the Occupy protests in Mongkok, Kowloon, but was subsequently released.
"This is for the happiness of the next generation. I want to reject the bad policies, so that our next generation don't have to deal with the unfair law," Low said.
Hong Kong is on edge ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, with authorities eager to avoid scenes that could embarrass the central government in Beijing. Activists have planned various protests on the day.
China says it is committed to the "one country, two systems" arrangement and denies meddling. It has accused foreign governments, including the United States and Britain, of inciting the unrest.
The Asian financial hub also marks the fifth anniversary this weekend of the start of the "Umbrella" protests, a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 that failed to bring concessions from Beijing.
(Production: Vorasit Satienlerk, Yiming Woo)
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