Some of these “protest drivers” said they started to help the protest movement because they could not be at the front lines themselves.
They are the invisible Hong Kong taxi driver s who have carried anti-government protesters away from police in the midst of countless confrontations over the past three months of political turmoil.Some of these “protest drivers” said they started to help the protest movement because they could not be
Kim risked his life to drive a German journalist around dangerous Gwangju city and helped expose a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy activists. His story was portrayed in the award-winning Korean film A Taxi Driver .
Cheung has deliberately driven around the protest zones with his not-for-hire sign on, offering free rides to black-clad protesters on the streets looking for escape routes. He would also buy supplies, such as bottled water, snacks and face masks, and drop the items at dispatch points for the protesters.
“I was stunned by their resolve. Those young protesters were all prepared to sacrifice the golden years of their lives for the movement. I swore to them I would do whatever it takes to fight for democracy with them.”
When Cheung got to the plaza, he was struck by an unforgettable image – a long line of private cars moving slowly along the roads to take the protesters to the city.
Chan, a frontline protester of the 2014 Occupy movement, said he could not join the protests this time because of health problems so he decided to help under the cover of being a taxi driver.
Chan said he felt increasingly nervous about helping the protesters because the police crackdown was getting more intense and aggressive. But one encounter with a young girl had given him courage to keep defying the danger.
“It was a Friday night when I drove along Argyle Street near Kowloon City, I saw three black-clad teenagers running in fear. I wanted to help so I stopped, inviting them to get in my taxi,” he said.
He said the crackdown on the protesters had totally changed his perception about the police force. “When I was young I thought the police were good people who sought justice for citizens,” he said. “But now what they did to the protesters, especially the young ones, have totally tarnished the good image I had of them. Why nowadays even the innocent students face police inspections for wearing black or face masks?”
Wong Po-keung, chairman of the Hong Kong Taxi Owners’ Association, said he never heard of taxi drivers giving free rides to protesters.Read more: Yahoo Singapore
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