Here is that same tree on fire. According to a report on Radio Television Hong Kong black-clad protesters forced their way into the Festival Mall after it had closed, smashed through glass barriers and set the tree on fire. They broke down doors and set off the automatic sprinkler system. Protesters were angry because of a police raid at the mall on Sunday during which arrests were made and several people were injured.
It is hard to believe this is happening in Festival Walk. Dave and I were at the Festival Walk Mall every week when we lived in Hong Kong. We went to their Pacific Coffee shop on Sunday mornings to read the paper. We often dined at their excellent Italian restaurant Amaroni’s. We shopped at their Page One book store. We went to the movies at the mall’s theatre.
Hong Kong was such a peaceful and safe place to call home for six years. It is surreal to watch the news and see places we knew well like Festival Walk now the site of violence and conflict.
A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group and they asked me what I thought would be the outcome of the democracy protests in Hong Kong. I gave a fairly lengthy answer but ended with the summation that “right now I can’t see any way for things to end well.” Sadly I think, my words are proving to be right.