24. [The Most Cyberpunk City in the World](https://cwylo.github.io/hkprotestart/thread24), Oct 8 2019. The limitations of cyberpunk imagery in depicting the Hong Kong protests.
25. [Every Voice Matters](https://cwylo.github.io/hkprotestart/thread25), Oct 10 2019. Gaming as a pop cultural touchstone in protest art and organization, as well as the increasing role of non-HK based artists and illustrators in pro-Hong Kong protest art.
26. [Birdstrike](https://cwylo.github.io/hkprotestart/thread26), Oct 10 2019. The lion-bird as symbol of vigilantism.
27. [#metoo](https://cwylo.github.io/hkprotestart/thread27), Oct 10 2019. Sexual and physical assault by police, and protest responses.
28. [The Weight of Words](https://cwylo.github.io/hkprotestart/thread28), Oct 12 2019. Cantonese neologisms.
We’ve frontline 'braves', but the real revolution in HK is being undertaken by courageous men & women who're standing up to talk openly abt sexual assaults by the HKPF, breaking taboos. I believe their stories. We must not fail them.
Rumours of sexual assaults by the HKPF have been swirling since Aug. Our art illustrates succinctly what these attacks boil down to - an asymmetry of power that allows perpetrators to demean and more importantly, silence their victims with absolutely no consequences.
But the city has rallied round these victims of assault. In Aug, we held a big #ProtestToo event which gave both women *&* men a platform to give their testimonies abt the violence inflicted on their bodies and psyches. We supported them, we welcomed them, we believed them.
Bcos we can all see the asymmetry in power now, even those whose wealth and gender had previously made them immune to it - & therefore blind to it - before. We understand that when someone feels they can crush you with force, they will find so many other ways to violate you.
Our art here links sexual violence to the physical hits & verbal abuse we've suffered at the hands of the HKPF in the last 5 mths. The shot to the eye, the one to the heart, being called an 'object'... Sexual assault has become just another weapon in the HKPF's arsenal.
But we're uncowed - our art shows many going 'fuck it'; we'll keep telling the world the truth. #metoo is abt power asymmetries but we must not wait until we're at the powerless end of a dynamic to empathise. We must believe victims now.
Language has become another frontline of HKers' resistance. Canto and trad. Ch. are used almost exclusively in our art, & increasingly complex new words are created to describe increasingly complex political realities.
Primer for those abroad. HKers *speak* Cantonese, distinct from Mandarin, lingua franca w/in China. HKers *write* in trad. Ch., while mainlanders use simplified Ch. What's written in trad. Ch. is seldom verbatim what we speak - lexicon & grammar differs... it's complicated.
But HKers hv embraced our complicated language & weaponised it as a protest tool. Following the☂Mvmt, majority of current mvmt's art are written in trad. Ch. &/or written in verbatim Cantonese. It is our way of proudly announcing we hv a distinct voice, a distinct identity.
We took it to some extremes. An effort to confound mainland 'spies' was to use Kongish, spelling out Canto words in Eng & throw in some Eng words for giggles. Problem: Canto has 9 tones - 'si' can take on at least 9 meanings. It indeed confounded & the effort lasted <48hrs🤣