The volunteers behind the protests
As protest numbers swelled in Hong Kong on Wednesday (October 1), scores of volunteers worked behind the scenes to keep the crowds well stocked with supplies and ensure protesters remain on their best behaviour. At the many areas where protesters have gathered, volunteers set up first aid stations and supply stations with water bottles, fruit, crackers, disposable raincoats, towels, goggles, face masks and tents. Even several cell phone recharging stations have been established for students. Organisers do not have an exact number of volunteers, but said “thousands” of them have been doing routine shifts both day and night. “I’m a volunteer, and no one leads this movement, and no one organises it, because we are just Hong Kongers, we want to save our home, our freedom, our democracy. So I come here as a volunteer to join us,” he said.
Keeping the protests orderly is a crucial priority for the organisers if they are to maintain the support not only of the protesters but of the wider Hong Kong public, as neither side look set to back down.