My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.
It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong Kong and Chinese Government this week, and the movement has escalated into citizens occupying Government Square and now, a main road leading into Hong Kong’s central hub.
Most protesters are younger generation Hong Kongers, including university students and even secondary school students. The leader of the student movement himself is barely even old enough to drive a car.
The movement began peacefully with citizens merely sitting quietly and occupying a public space in a silent protest on Friday night.
Then at 7:00 in the morning the next day, policemen stormed into the public square and began clearing out the area by force, dragging youngsters out violently, injuring many of them. Policemen have also been witnessed to beating youngsters without reason, and using high-concentration, anti-riot pepperspray on civilians who are merely attempting to protect themselves. No civilian put up any sort of fight or attempt at assaulting the police as far as i know,
(Police justified clearing out the area with the reason that protesters are holding illegal meetings in a public space.)
(Protesting civilians who remained on the streets overnight are wearing plastic wraps and raincoats under 30 degree weather in an attempt to protect themselves should the police utilize peppersprays again.)
The movement escalated again tonight when the protesters (now 4 times the size of the student movement the previous week) occupied a main road leading to the central hub of Hong Kong.
The police barricaded the roads and attempted to stop more people from joining the crowd this whole afternoon, but the peaceful crowd remained persistent and would not leave the area even after the police issued verbal warnings. (I emphasize “peaceful”, because protesters continued to be orderly and did not display any forms of aggression. They even cleared out a path for cars to pass the area, something the police didn’t even bother to do.)
At around 6:00, the police began using peppersprays on civilians again, this time high-powered ones that came in tanks instead of in bottles. Our people continued to shield themselves with umbrellas, but the umbrellas were also soon snatched away by the police. Live feed videos have also confirmed that police have been misusing peppersprays by firing them at close proximity, and also not giving any sort of verbal warnings before firing.
Video of a policeman firing at an elderly man at point-blank range:
Yet again, protesters remained, and at 7:00, armed forces were sent into the crowd. They began firing tear gas capsules INTO the crowds and even INTO First-aid stations. The rounds came every few minutes and i counted at least 5 capsules being fired in a 10-minute period according to the live feeds.
at least 30,000 people continue to stand their ground right this second, more armed policemen are being sent in, and news is that these police are ordered to use guns (loaded with plastic bullets) on civilians if protesters continue to remain.
I fear for the people because policemen are not what they used to be anymore. These “police” who should be protecting us are now private armies for the government. I am watching my city die. It’s a terrifying feeling. If the police feel they are justified to use force on innocent civilians, tonight could end up in another massacre just like that of the Tian An Men June Fourth Massacre in 1989.
And at this point I am too emotional to say anything else except that we need your prayers and your support. Please spread this out, people all over the world need to see what is happening right now.
LIVE FEED OF THE CURRENT SITUATION:
Here’s that single live feed from Apple Daily TV if you want only a stream without multiple platforms going on at the same time for the time being. Apologies for having no english subtitles but hopefully it’s not hard to get what’s happening:
Uh oh! Sexism Emergency!
Hi I really love your storyboards and I’m a high school student and I think I just dealt with some sexism from an art teacher and I was wondering how women in the industry deal with that kind of stuff. I mean I’ve taken classes at art colleges that dealt with comics and art but when I talked to him about making comics he acted as if I had no business making them It was more than just trying to teach me it felt like he had some kind of personal grudge I’m still gonna make comics but it felt weird
Uh oh! Looks like a sexism emergency! You can avoid trouble if you say these simple words:
Unfortunately, sexism IS a widespread problem in the comics and animation industry. One particularly troublesome part of that sexism is that it often isn’t obvious. You’re fairly unlikely to find a professional comics artist who will say, “I hate you because you’re a woman! Ladies are always inferior to men!” Institutional sexism is often hidden in coded language, subtle jabs, and unwelcoming attitudes that often leave the victim with a vague feeling of unpleasantness or “weirdness.” This can make the incident difficult to explain to others (especially dudes- sorry guys!).
If your teacher is being sexist, then you shouldn’t have to just sit there and put up with it. Now, I’m not terribly good at confronting authority figures directly, so I can’t give too much advice in that arena. What I generally find more helpful is to seek out others who have experienced similar situations (or are just generally good listeners) and have a good “sit-‘n’-bitch” session to vent your feelings and get validation for your experience. It’s not good to feel isolated in your emotions!
To clarify, though, I’m not advocating that whole mentality of: “If you don’t like your sexist work environment, don’t complain! Just leave!” Obviously, if every woman did that, then there would be, like, no women in comics and nothing would ever change. If this class is really special and you can learn things here that you couldn’t learn anywhere else, then I suggest you stick with it and challenge your teacher. But if not, there are a LOT of great teachers in the world, and a lot of good classes. If your current class is making you uncomfortable, look for other options- you don’t need to waste your emotional energy on some random jerk.
I hope you don’t mind but I’d like to add my two cents as a fellow comic-makin’ lady.
In my experience, if you can’t remove yourself from the situation and you can’t tolerate it until the jerk leaves, you can also disengage them by calmly shutting them down firmly but repeatedly until they back off.
There was an older man who also made comics, and was working at the same show as me, come over to my booth to “have a discussion” about my comics. I tried to keep calm and engage him in the “friendly debate” he pretended we were having but as the discussion got more and more offensive, I knew I had to end it or I would start yelling (not a good course of action. sexists will use that against you) or worse. I said loudly but politely, “I’m going to have to ask you to leave. I’m here to work and you are scaring off customers. Please leave.” He, naturally, got angry and tried to debate me some more but I kept firmly telling him to leave. As he left, he threw a temper tantrum about how “he was only asking a question” but he did leave.
Once he left, I had booth neighbors and even convention patrons come up to me telling me how rude and offensive this man was - they were afraid to get involved because they didn’t want to be in this guy’s cross hairs too. Sometimes it just takes one person to stand up against a sexist (or racist, or bully) to give others the confidence to stand up against them too.
As with a teacher, saying something like “I don’t feel comfortable with the way you’re speaking to me” loudly enough so the class can hear is enough to cut their power at the root so they back off. When classmates ask you what he said, tell them “He was being really sexist. I didn’t feel comfortable around him.” Chances are, some of your classmates have felt the same way and will be glad you’ve now indirectly shown them a way to handle a similar situation if/when it happens again.