earlier, i was at tai kok tsui and prince edward, exactly where the pro-democracy protests/riots/whateveryouwannacallit are taking place right now. i had specially picked out a blue tshirt to wear, consciously avoiding black or white. but when i arrived at admiralty, i suddenly found myself caught in the middle of a huge group of older people all dressed in blue ... it was then that it dawned on me that people from the pro-police protest happening on hk island at causeway bay were probably in blue today. at that split second, i was afraid for myself. in the next few seconds and minutes that followed, my mind then kicked in, convincing myself step by step that it was highly unlikely that anyone would mistake me in my sporty "vietnam marathon" blue tshirt for supporting either camp, and that even if they did, violence outside the protest areas is highly, highly unlikely.
tbh, i feel that that spike of fear i felt wasn't quite justified at all. meeting physical violence without taking part in any of those movements is really highly unlikely. in this sense, i don't feel that i, or any others in hk, are really in any actual physical danger. but it's the very palpable sentiment of immense hatred and that "if you're not for us, you're against us!", "if you're not for us, then get the fuck out!" mentality pervading the environment right now that makes this an increasingly horrible, hateful place to be.