（編按：本文備有英文翻譯，並有譯者解說，有助理解。There is an English translation for the non-Chinese speakers.）
Occupying Mong Kok - a voluntary scout’s first person account at the early hours of September 30, 2014
The translator’s remarks: Pro-democracy protesters are occupying pockets of areas in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. The occupation of Mong Kong started in the early hours of September 29. Among the places occupied, Mong Kok is the only working class district. Hong Kong’s elites hardly venture to this part of the city.
Mong Kok has been the focus of the whole movement since crowd took control of the area in the early hours Monday morning. The occupation of Mong Kok, from the beginning, has been bisected by rumours. Mong Kok site is perceived as a dangerous, lawlessness area controlled by gangs. There are suggestions that the Occupy Central movement should cut its tie with the crowds in Mong Kok.
But for those who have been to the Mong Kok site, the area is a place of free spirit.
The atmosphere is great. The site is a reflection of the characteristics of Mong Kok in general. For instance, we have men with tattoo turned their vans and trucks into roadblocks in order to protect the protesters. Many people in Hong Kong are deeply touched by these honorable acts.
I was at the Mong Kok site yesterday. As a volunteer scout, I will put down my first person account so the public will have a better idea of the protest in Mong Kok.
Atmosphere in Mong Kok has been tense since we first occupied the site. We suspected some drunken men have harassed protesters. At 1ish, a Mercedes Benz drove into the crowd at full speed. The scene shocked even a very experience scout. He said it was even more terrifying than police firing teargas to protesters. Protesters in Mong Kok.
Protesters in Mongkok have little experience on the handling security issues at the site. When the occupation entered the second day, the more experienced protesters suggest organising a scout team. To our surprise, the crowd grew from 2,000 when it was first started to over 100,000 in the next day.
After the Mercedes Incident, protesters reacted extremely quickly. Some chased the car on foot and and took photo of the license plate, some hopped on their vehicles and started chasing. After that, information was spread quickly through their networks. The driver was found by a reporter working for daily newspaper Mingpao .
The incident was shocking, quite a number left the site because they worry about their safety. But the majority stayed. Those staying were on high alert. We set up more roadblocks at the road junctions. Those truck drivers who took their vehicles to protect the protesters summoned their friends to join with their trucks.
At the same time, more scout were recruited at the site. The experienced ones gave the new blood training. For safety reasons, protesters wrote down the identity card numbers of the scouts. The scout team patrolled the area twice, making sure every corner have roadblock set up. The scouts also chattering with the truck drivers, a move that would help building trust and clear suspicion.
At the junction between Argyle Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street, the scouts found several divers suspicious. They wore facemask and the car plates also appear rather suspicious. Despite repeated attempt made by the scouts, this group of drivers refused to tell who they are. While most of the drivers make public their identify card numbers to help building trust, this group of drivers refused. They drove away immediately after turning down the request of the scouts.
All over the night, there were a number of small disputes. But all were resolved. Because protesters understand the importance of having a group of scouts at the scene to fend off threats.
After resolving disputes, scouts gather for rest. We were amazed by the resemblance of the situation with the film “A night in Mongkok”. Some cried because of the brotherhood and loyalty of the truck drivers; some were touched by the solidarity and bravery of protesters. I am sure, everyone has we decided to protect this site. Our movement is our duty to protect.
Lesson from Mong Kok is, if we want to the movement to blossom, we must first setup a scout team. Every member of the team deserves our respect.
Is the Mong Kok site safe? I don’t know. But it is certain that many rumours are unfounded. The night in Mongkok has told us to trust people. Central and Admiralty are dangerous place, teargas may fire instantly. Mong Kok is also dangerous, but in a different way. The danger may come from dirty plots by the authorities. So it is pointless to ask whether Mong Kok is safe. The only question is: do we not come out and stand our ground because of potential threats?