The following originally appeared in Black Rim #1
At first glance, it probably strikes one as odd that Hong Kong’s anarchists rallied to defend the Star Ferry Terminal and Queen’s Piers. What is there worth defending about two colonial landmarks, one of which is even dedicated to royalty? On closer inspection, however, we see that these two points of conflict were part of a working class community protecting itself against encroaching privatization. It’s not that anyone had much nostalgia for the days of their European rulers, but the piers were defended because the buildings represented some of the last unenclosed public spaces in the city.