Date
11 December 2017
Male participants of Occupy Central are advised to bring big empty bottles for relieving themselves, and towels for privacy. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Male participants of Occupy Central are advised to bring big empty bottles for relieving themselves, and towels for privacy. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Joining Occupy Central sit-in? Don’t forget food, sleeping bags

Dried food, sleeping bags, large towels and big empty bottles are some of the things that Occupy Central participants have been advised to bring along when they join a protest in Hong Kong’s financial district next week.

Chan Kin-man, a co-organizer of Occupy Central, said people should bring food for two to three days, indicating that the sit-in in the business district could stretch beyond the expected start from Oct. 1.

Participants should not wear sandals or contact lens, and sleeping bags are preferred over tents, Chan said.

He also advised males to bring large bottles to relieve themselves, so that they do not have to compete with women for portable toilets, Apple Daily reported Friday. Large towels will come in handy to offer some privacy when needed.  

In an eight-page “Manual of Disobedience”, protesters were also advised to draft a text message in which their names and identity card numbers are typed in advance, so that they could send the message immediately to the organizers’ support hotline upon arrest.

A team of lawyers has already been formed to assist those who get arrested, and 30 doctors and 80 social workers will also be on stand-by, the report said.

Chan urged participants not to bring any weapons and not to use violence. They should also not wear masks or hide their faces, a move which will prevent the opposition camp from stirring up incidents. Among other guidelines, the protesters should avoid bringing posters or banners that are too large and can block the view of others.

The civil disobedience is widely expected to begin on October 1, China’s National day, as organizers have said that the sit-in will happen while others are celebrating the big day of the country.

Organizer Benny Tai Yiu-ting reminded protesters that the civil disobedience movement could leave them with a criminal record, which may affect their professional qualification and chances for overseas studies.

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