除了不少西方主流媒體對這場「雨傘革命」的關注和讚賞，瑞士《每日新聞》高度評價說，這是一場「和平理性的抗議（Der Aufstand der Sanftmütigen）」。
採訪/易如 編輯/王子琦 後製/建銘
“Umbrella Revolution" Praised for Unyielding Peace
In the city of Hong Kong, which is unfamiliar with violence,
the scene of citizens using umbrellas to protect themselves
from suppression by riot police has been honourably dubbed
the “Umbrella Revolution".
The Hong Kong people’s call to “end violence"
and their resolute faith in democracy and freedom
has received high praise and respect from the external world.
At the same time, a poignant scene has emerged
at this historical moment.
What was intended as a celebratory Oct. 1 to commemorate
the 65th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP)’s
reign, is now a scene of protest against totalitarianism
amidst umbrellas, pepper spray and tear gas.
To usher in the “golden age",
citizens are holding firm to their beliefs.
The brave and public-conscious youth are refusing to accept
Beijing』s propaganda, but it’s ultimately an unfair fight.
When smoke billowed from tear gas shells,
protesters could only use umbrellas to shield themselves.
The contrast is apparent from pictures taken from the scene—
on one side, the violent police, on the other, pitiful umbrellas.
Umbrellas of diverse patterns and colors gradually changed
from being a daily necessity into a symbol of resistance.
Design icons relating to this Umbrella Revolution
are beginning to appear in large numbers.
A Hong Kong reader said, “When we were threatened,
we opened our umbrellas and raised both our hands."
China Affairs magazine editor-in-chief Chris Wu says
this mellow way of protest adopted by the Hong Kong people
has won them respect from the world.
Chris Wu: “Unlike protesters in other cities who use stones,
gasoline and self-made grenades, Hong Kong’s peaceful ways
have earned them a lot of respect from others."
“If anyone attempts to incite them and create trouble,
we immediately know what kind of persons they are."
The “Love and Peace" campaign arranged by Occupy Central
is different from “occupy" campaigns in financially troubled
countries that lead to strewn garbage across the streets.
The organizers persisted with this campaign on the Oct. 1
national holiday so as to minimize disruption to workers.
On the morning of Sept. 30, neighbors made accusations
that the occupants were obstructing traffic.
In response, whether to withdraw was put to a vote,
and the response was that the majority persisted in staying.
Some people even set up tents and built make-shift homes
on the Mong Kok.
A young girl is seen sitting on her father’s shoulders,
holding firmly onto his hands—witnessing this protest,
she has just had her first field-class lesson on democracy.
Some restaurants gave free meal boxes to support protesters;
a kind gesture that brightened the night at Mong Kok,
bringing the students some warmth.
Among attention and praise given to the Umbrella Revolution
by mainstream western media, the Swiss newspaper Mainichi
regarded the event highly, calling it a “Protest of peace ideals"
(Der Aufstand der Sanftmütigen).
As of Sept. 30, there are 40 cities worldwide
who are supporting Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution.
At the same time, the Hong Kong police who have been using
harsh measures against the protesters are low in morale.
On Sept. 30, a male police was deeply touched
when he came to the scene and understood the situation.
He said, “All of us want to resolve this through dialogue,"
and the protesters are “easy to communicate with".
A newspaper photo that’s been spreading among the public
shows that on Sept. 29, a young man who was not wearing
any protective gear suffered from a pepper spray attack
by police near the Admiralty.
The fully armed policeman responsible for the spraying
eventually overcame his struggling conscience and opened up
his own water bottle and washed the young man’s eyes.
This photo taken by an Epoch Times photographer is plain
and simple, but has touched countless Hong Kong people.
The number of views on the Hong Kong Epoch Times’
Facebook post exceeded one-million in a few hours.
Political science professor at the City University of New York
Xia Ming says, “I’m afraid this is something we will not see
in the society of China; every policeman and every soldier
in a civil society is first and foremost, a human being."
“His humanity means that he must be sympathetic and caring;
as long as he hasn’t lost his humanity, and hasn’t transformed
into a tool for the violent autocratic system, then this display
of humanity, this show of aid and affection is very natural."
A young police officer once said to a reporter,
“We are tired; we’re people too and need rest."
On the walls of the Hong Kong police headquarters,
someone has changed a slogan to enlist policemen into
a call to “quit the police", appealing to Hong Kong’s police
to choose the right path for themselves.
Interview/YiRu Edit/Wang ZiQi Post-Production/JianMing