Occupy Central

Protesters practise ‘Love and Peace’ in different ways

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 October, 2014, 5:15am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 October, 2014, 5:15am

The Occupy slogan of "Love and Peace" could now be extended to "Love, Peace and God" as deities of different hues find their way into the protest zone.

At one end of the occupied area of Nathan Road in Mong Kok, a picture of Jesus Christ is on display on a tiny altar along with a Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. At the other end is a shrine to god of war Kwan Tai, known to be worshipped by both police and triad members in Hong Kong.

At the Christian altar a sign on A4 paper reads: "Almighty and everlasting God, you are the sources of justice and love, who never fear any violence from police or triads." It entreats: "Bless us, O Lord, so that we can imitate the sacrifice of Christ, to fight for justice and peace fearlessly."

Curious passers-by stopped in front of the altar and took pictures. Onlooker Christine Lai, 36, said Christ's crucifixion was political in meaning and Hongkongers should speak up for genuine democracy.

Kwan Tai's supporters, meanwhile, offer a grim warning: don't remove the shrine or you will be condemned by the almighty god.

Kwan Tai, a general in the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) is perceived to bless the upright and guard them from the wicked.