Sunday, January 3, 2010

Latest HK Prohibition

This is one of a series of photos shared via Twitter from demonstrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2010. The images were aggregated with the term #0101hk.

I liked this sign before I even knew what it meant:

NO gongneng zubie!

(Source: dookaz, BachLau on Twitter)

Of course, I knew it was saying "No [something]!" but it took some effort before I figured out that it meant "No functional constituencies!"

Perfect! It can go right in the gallery with these other examples of wordless bureaucratic-speak from the unparalleled world of Hong Kong civil society:

Leisure and Cultural Services Department (Hong Kong)
No playing of remote controlled model car
No dogs allowed
No damage of plants
No hawking. Offenders will be prosecuted
No drying of linen and clothes
No skateboarding
Please keep clean
No cycling

(Other 1/1/10 images from Hong Kong discussed in Scarry Thoughts.)

Related posts

In the January 2010 Hong Kong demonstrations, black- and white-costumed protesters with placards that said that "functional constituencies trample workers" reminded me of commedia dell'arte characters.

(See Black and White in HK )

Large protests in Hong Kong have been occuring in Hong Kong for decades. Street demonstrations at the beginning of 2010 exhibited a new high in diversity, expression, and energy.

(See #0101hk: Visual Imagery of Hong Kong Protests Jan 1 2010 )

The universal sign for "forbidden." If only it were that easy . . . .

(See the No Drones Network webiste. )