The Story of 2019: Hong Kong’s ‘Be Water’

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
January 4, 2020Hong Kong

“Be water” is late martial artist Bruce Lee’s philosophy popularized in the early 1970s. It was used by pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong in 2019.

Taking the concept further, protesters created four principles:

Be strong like ice—when confronted by police or violent vigilante groups.

Be fluid like water—when escaping through the city’s narrow streets.

Gather like dew—for “flash-mob” protests that are hard to prepare for.

And, scatter like mist—to avoid arrest, and be able to fight for another day.

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