Aug 9, 2019

Hong Kong protesters turn to Uber and Pokemon

In late July, Hong Kong protesters returning from a demonstration were attacked by a group of men wearing white shirts. Thousands of protesters gathered at the location, recognising that the video game - which lets players pit virtual monsters against each other at real-world locations - had been used as a way to gather people together for a very different kind of battle. Another protester, who wanted to be known as NA7PNQ, added that he recently used Uber to travel through various different protest sites, picking up protesters needing to be "Evacuated". On the ground, protesters also make use of an anonymous Hong Kong forum called Lihkg. While protesters are actually turning to games like Pokemon Go to push their agenda, they are also subverting its slogan - a point the same resident makes without apparently realising it.

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