Political activism requires a thorough knowledge of legal rights, understanding of the philosophical foundation of civil disobedience, and biscuits.
The founders of Occupy Central with Love & Peace reached out to the group's supporters earlier regarding the an upcoming sit-in
to ensure all demonstrators are prepared for several days of taking over the streets of downtown Hong Kong.
Kin-man Chan and Benny Tai unpacked two backpacks filled with all the musts for a successful sit-in, as described in the group's “Manual of Disobedience”
. At the top of the list are drinking water, dried fruits, biscuits, and nuts (frequent meals, the organizers say, are good for digestion and energy conservation), personal medical care materials including a medical card, and electrolyte drinks.
The Occupy Central leaders also showed off plastic goggles (protection against pepper spray), a towel (for changing clothes), and a cap (to protect against the sun).
Both Tai and Chan also recommended bringing a pen and paper (for important notes), mobile phone (for SMS), spare batteries, chargers, cash (roughly HK$300), a sleeping bag, and a large backpack to carry it all in.
Occupy Central supporters planning to attend the sit-in are also urged by organizers to dress in warm, windproof clothing, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, and to bring first-aid materials for any scrapes.
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