Mong Kok Commotion on 2nd October, 2014
“Two-thirds of 105 shops in Mong Kok say Occupy Central has drained their takings by 4 percent or more while a third says their losses are a little less.” This reflects the intolerable situation of people making their living by owning shops near the territory. Financial losses will apply to them, and their standard of living would be lowered. This may also lead to further problems such as lower purchasing power from shop owners, truncated opening time of various shops, and augmenting hostility and resent the shop owners would show towards the OC protestors.
From the perspective of the police and the safety of other citizens, some policeman might suffer minor injuries. The increment of policemen in Mong Kok will result in deficient of police force in other territories in Hong Kong. According to estimations made by South China Morning Post, at least 7000 policemen were employed to turn up for the chaotic scenes such as the tumultuous October night. The safety of the general public will be marred due to the devoid of police that are not in Mong Kok and Hong Kong Island.
Finally, we arrived to the perspective of HK government and Hong Kong itself. Hong Kong has been renowned for its safety and transparency during the preceding decade after the handover. However, the image of Hong Kong was vastly affected by the whole Occupy Central movement and the particular violence that took place in the meantime. As other countries in the world meditate upon this historical movement, it appears that Hong Kongers have been struggling for universal suffrage and democracy to embrace this land. Until the very present moment, the intense effort and money they endeavor in this movement even seem futile. This arouse questions whether Hong Kong’s political freedom is being limited, and that in the imminent future, its uniqueness of having a different political system from China would vanish.
All in all, the consequences of this very incident were profound and significant, and even until today, we referred it as the beginning of all the following commotion we are hearing from the news at present. As Occupy Central continued, more and more events will trade places under the spotlight of the media and the common public. Would it really be a sempiternal process all the way towards infinity? Or if a line was put all of a sudden, ceasing all the hard works they made on the roads of Admiralty, on the highways of Causeway Bay, on the pedestrians of Mong Kok, and that they incessant process suddenly become ephemeral?
Only the future would tell.