Hong Kong/China (8/1). In the bedroom of the well-off house, college student Azhi held a plastic bottle filled with water and repeatedly practiced the throwing posture. In order to avoid shocking her family and destroying the contents of the house, she will not scoop out the water bottle, but just wants to keep the body firmly in mind the movement and angle of the throw, “because I am so shocked to my teammate or reporter.”
Keep your arms straight, and you shouldn’t swing them too far. She collected and watched the video of the protest scene, and observed the effect of throwing the incendiary bomb in different poses, in order to accurately throw the “magic” in her hand when the anti-speed dragon ran, the crowd ran away, and the reporter took a shot Between police officers and demonstrators, they exploded and caught fire without hurting innocent people.
When the police have lethal weapons such as water cannon trucks and live ammunition become the norm, protesters are increasingly using fire to prevent the police from advancing, and even occasionally counterattack. They called the incendiary “fire magic”.
From summer to autumn, the streets of Hong Kong consisted of 2 million people, with more than 100,000 left, and sometimes only tens of thousands. College student Ah Heng looked around at the front line, leaving only middle school students of his or her age who were even younger. His wrist was thinner than that of Tietong in his hand, and he was resolute and at a loss. Holding the fire magic, he couldn’t see any room for retreat. He just wanted to ask, would adults still stay in their comfort zone?
“Fire can be used to attack. It may save hundreds of brothers and feet in the future. It may also be our last line of defense. The fire in your hand is not only weapons, but also the courage, hope and resistance of Hong Kong people. A magician who has been arrested and unable to be interviewed sends this text to reporters.
The maximum penalty for arson is life imprisonment, which is heavier than a decade of riot crime. In early August, fire magicians only appeared sporadically, but with the escalation of police violent fire, the number of demonstrators who expected to use fire magic has increased to dozens, but at the same time they are also facing the most severe search. “Stand” reached out to three of them to understand their escalation.
A chemistry class that the school did not teach
7.21 In addition to the terrorist attack on Yuen Long white shirts, there were two other notable incidents at the time: the first demonstrator in Sheung Wan used debris to light a fire as a roadblock; In the midst, the masses shouted in unison “the restoration of Hong Kong and the revolution of the times.” Before this slogan, only some young people would shout, but that day, it finally became mainstream in the parade filled with justice.
Ah Heng and the front-line friends around him listened to his ears, feeling encouraged, “Everyone’s thinking has improved and they are willing to say the word” revolution “. Hey, if you have the conditions for revolution, you must actually use force. Upgrade. “He remembered that after 7.27 recovery in Yuen Long, the frontline was still very morale under the haze of the black swordsmanship in the village, and many teams began to discuss fire magic. 8.5 There were three strikes in the seven districts, and someone from the Wan Chai Police threw two incendiary bombs.
The production principle is simple. “Glass bottles are filled with electric oil and cooking oil, follow the cloth inserts, ignite, and bury them.” Ahern said that many of the frontline friends of this basic model have a slight understanding, and the contestant group also introduced .
Based on comprehensive online information and discussion, white electricity oil is easier to buy than gasoline, but it will burn more with gasoline; adding flour, sugar, etc. can increase the heat and duration of burning, and adding white phosphorus will make the fire more violent when firing. , Can make the fire group expand to at least half a meter range, and will burn the object until it goes out. However, its high risk is easy to cause accidents. The purchase and sale of white phosphorus in Hong Kong is restricted and it is extremely difficult to obtain. There are not many magicians using white phosphorus. Most beginners also use relatively easy-to-buy white battery oil, so strictly speaking it is not a “petrol bomb”. Other raw materials are basically available in supermarkets. “And the family has evolved to wash a group of specific fire magicians. You can take two bottles with you and take them out. I guess they are all online. Follow me when you get there, “Ahern said.
Another “fire magician” Azhi said that sometimes sometimes when buying white electricity oil and gasoline, merchants are required to register their ID cards, so there is risk in the process of preparing raw materials. Teammates tried to be tracked by unknown people after the purchase. Although they were not arrested or searched, it was also very thrilling. They also tried to prepare the materials to see the police from afar when they were taken out. A Zhi himself has not yet been searched. “I do n’t know how much I bring. They all ask me to bring glass bottles, towels and sugar flour. Maybe I’m the only girl in the team. There is something wrong with Aberdeen, always … the girl is in danger when she enters the police station. ”
J is a newbie to fire magic and only used it for the first time in October. Because I am not familiar with it, I will choose to mix the “Magic Water” first and bring it to the scene. “If I go to the scene and take a funnel and slowly pour it down, it seems to be confusing.” But Azhi saw that many people were on the scene. Do, “I went out a few times and found that there are a lot of materials in the back row, and there will be one or two materials in the bag. You may not dare to rectify or have no chance to rectify, but knowing that a magician is present, the materials will be immediately exposed. We are so overwhelmed by the previous time that there is a surplus to bring back to the housing company. ”
“ Magic ” gesture
The three “magicians” interviewed were all college students. Before this summer, they would not say that petrol bombs had even dropped bricks. Ah Heng only practiced once before getting off the field. “I probably know how to feel a touch. Go ahead. I don’t even want to take me out to practice many times and then raise my risk of arrest.”
He observed that usually the “Fire Wizard” accidents burned to himself. “When the arm is stretched out, he goes out with a shirt and fings, because the bricks are gestured, but the fire magic has a big fire head. If you leave a fire head out of your own sight, it’s easy for a person to catch fire. I’ve tried a shirt with a few coats. In fact, fire magic is much lighter than bricks, and the focus is right. ”
A Zhi simulated the exercise at home. “I tried many times and found that the problem was that my hand was stretched straight enough and the throwing distance would be very narrow. With the same backhand bottle, the bottle will easily develop force and can fall away.” I ca n’t throw the bottle out at home. Without the days of demonstration, she and her teammates found an open space for water bottles. “A few times I will know how far I can fall and the strength is tied, so I won’t miss it. Always Fire is not easy to control. I really don’t want to kiss myself, reporters, or firefighters with first aid, so I do a lot of homework. ”
J tried with his teammates to take the “Magic Water” to trial in the barren mountains and wild mountains. He passed by a few policemen on the way. “The intimidation was really shocked to the imaginary line. A few later babies carried white electric oil and gasoline to die You must know that you want to do something, and they have nothing to do immediately. ”
Fortunately he was not searched that time, but he did not know when his luck would run out. “In fact, there are many family members who take risks, such as a helmet, an eye mask, and a pig’s mouth. You can take it out to protect yourself. If you only bring one set, it will be fine if you pull you back and sit for 48 minutes. But it ’s troublesome to bring multiple sets. I ’ve been a sentinel. I have loud whistle and whistle. Miles have a chance to seduce people. Before, there were hammers, hinges, and spartans. They can already attack Sexual weapons and crimes are big. ”
“Finally, in the Milefield Revolution, there is value in me”
Taking the fire with great risks and criminal responsibilities should have been a difficult decision, but as things started in June, all three of them came to this place as a matter of course.
Ahen and Azhi were middle school students when they participated in the umbrella protests five years ago. They have witnessed the failure of the Hefei mode, and they did not intend to come out during the 6.9 return this year. The first time was 6.12, “I saw that CITIC was cleared of a peaceful rally against the Confederate Front. Many people were forced to eat tear gas without gears, and almost everyone stepped on them,” said Azhi. “I knew this time It’s as simple as 2014, and decided to participate every time after that. ”
At first, I just filled up the number of people and materials with the rationale, and ran away when I saw the tear gas bomb. Later, it took only one or two months to gather the courage to chase the tear gas bomb to kill the smoke. However, Azhi still feels insufficient: “Every time I return to the housing company news, I see a lot of frontline injuries to the hands and feet, a series of pulls, and I feel useless, and I have helped.” When the telegram group proposed Upgrading to do fire magic, she feels very suitable for herself. “Always I’m a girl, and I’m tall and can’t be beaten by people. It’s just a burden to go to the front line. It’s better to choose a flexible job.” Not without thought. Struggling, but the time of struggling is very short, “Maybe I felt that justice was useless in the morning, but I did not take a step to implement it. I should have been prepared in thinking. The only thing I considered at the time was whether I was capable or not. Did it? ”
At the end of August, she took the “Fire Magic” to the front line with her teammates for the first time, which was regarded as an earlier group of “Magic.” Because for the first time she was afraid of losing her hand, she did not lose it at the most critical moment. Instead, she threw the bottle in front of the police line when the tear gas kept on the front line during the confrontation between the two sides. Suddenly, the glass shattered and the fire was successfully ignited. “At the beginning I thought I would be shocked and dare to go out. But when I went there for a moment, um, I felt that I had finally reached Mile Field …. My home can be called Revolution? In Mile Field Revolution There is value in my existence. ”
By mid-September, after using it four or five times in the field, Azhi felt more and more proficient and could grasp the best timing and angle for throwing. Usually she would stand on either side of the second to fourth rows, and whenever the police pushed forward, she would use fire as a barrier to fight for time for the front line to retreat. “On October 1st, a magician in Tuen Mun used fire beautifully. At that time, Athlon rushed out to catch people, but Qu Yuanyuan dropped a magical past, and the fire spread quickly, and the team broke out at the same speed The dragon just stopped, and all the hands and feet were retreating away. I hope the best is to do it every time. ”
“In fact, many of the front lines are really really big and special, but the second time they protect the back row and the Li Feitong neighbourhood first, they hold the rotten wooden board, the floating board and cover the hard food bullets. It’s the same as a tear gas bomb. It’s not immune to Miles, it’s really a hard food shelf. No, I can’t get to the front of everyone, at least using fire helpers to build a line of defense. ”
Although not in the front row, the fire magician also faces a high risk on the spot. “I saw that you were holding your feet, they were so prominent that they would shoot me with a gun. I did n’t have enough experience at the beginning. It ’s too hesitant to catch impeachment among teammates. When the family picks a suitable place, it will be immediately dropped. There is no room for consideration and hesitation. If you want to win, you want to protect the person you want to protect, you must掟 Go out. 唔 Can be surprised, 唔 Can flinch. ”
Fire and energy
Ahern’s awareness came earlier. In 2014, he saw the fierceness of gangsters in Mong Kok, and on the heads of unarmed citizens who shot down batons in Lung Wo Road. In the Lunar New Year of 2016, he went to Mong Kok to get the fish eggs, but before his own people and other protesters acted, some people found him “not enough to scale” and told him to go home early. In 2019, he finally reached adulthood. 6.12 On that day, I felt that I had eaten a tear gas bomb and felt that I could cope with it. Unexpectedly, all kinds of firearms, rubber bullets, bag bombs, and sponge bombs, were all shot flat. “After the next day, I knew very well that I had a plan to fire a real gun to suppress me. Then I accepted this reality, so I could naturally get on the front line.
In July and August, different weekends marched in different areas. Aheng found that “Our only re-set the barricades, stand up, and then riot, bury, and block. There are no more than 40 or 50 hands and feet behind us. It ’s impossible to run things like that. ”He believes that you must upgrade by force to have a chance to win. Especially since the beginning of August, the police changed their tactics, from confrontation to sudden rush to the front and arrested. There was no room for demonstrators to slow down. Slowly use a lanyard to barricade the road.
At this time, the front line began to discuss the use of fire. Ah Heng joined the ranks of “magic” without much hesitation. “Fire is very practical, and homes see many roadblocks burn with fire because it is much faster than Zasso. A pile of sundries and oil spilled, all of a sudden, and everyone retreated a lot and walked a lot. ”
“The second thing is, Qu Xuan is really shocked.” Aheng usually stayed until the end, and the closest distance to the anti-riot raptor was 10 meters. “Qu Xuan rushed hard, but most of the arrests were the same. When you are thin and weak, when you see a fire in your hand, at least two or three people should be able to bury it. In fact, you are in good health. If there is a fire, it will explode near the channel. You will avoid it and rush slowly. Hey, it really hurts you, but at least it can make … at least a psychological balance, so I can do it later. ”
As Aheng saw, the masses had a high degree of acceptance of “Fire Magic”. “The scene was clapping hands, and the police in Langzhong were cheering.” 10.1 On that day, the protesters directly fabricated “Fire Magic” at the scene. The neighborhood even bought drinks at convenience stores, and passed the glass bottles after drinking. “My so-called public opinion reversal is likely to be accepted by people living in housing estates and television. If you have really been to the scene and have a real sense of the movement, you will know that it is not the so-called protesters fighting the police at all. The demonstrators stood up to their feet, and followed them to be slaughtered. ”
But after the banned masking method was passed, the application of fire began to burn to the “black heart” shops, and Ah Heng was somewhat reserved. “I feel that things are out of control. I know everyone is impulsive and emotional. A few months ago The matter is very good. When there is a corporate company to support the police, many people will post memo and scare words with Li Fei every day. But once in Wan Chai, someone went into Starbucks with a fire. It is the first in the building. It ’s true that ordinary people may be hurt. I don’t agree with it. I don’t give up, but I don’t do it myself. If there is a petrol bomb, it is better to fall into the office. Set fire to the shop, I There will be more public support lost than received. ”
“If everyone was brave, they might have won.”
When the incendiary bomb gradually became a standard dish, there was a feeling in the resistance camp: we finally aligned with foreign demonstrators. Those who have read “Winter on Fire” may even imagine that Hong Kong people will be as victorious as Ukrainians who also use fire. But Aheng thinks this is a big misunderstanding. “In fact, the demonstrators and the police are still completely incapable of fighting.” Even if there were hundreds of thousands of people on Xia Tongdao, and there were 500 policemen across the street, we would not kill anyone without killing them. After we stopped, there would be less than 80 to 100 hands and feet, because only 7 , 80 people. ”
The most direct reason for J to join as a “magic” is to see “sufficiently many people.” He only completed his diploma examination and advanced to university this summer. From June to July, he mainly went to the FDC for demonstrations. He even held the road after the 6.9 parade and 7.1 rushed to the Legislative Council. “But slowly I saw that according to the regime, there was really no intention to yield to the people, and many people on the front line were being pulled. The less they were, the less brave they were. If I felt that I could do it, I would help. “So, 8.31, he started to stand a little bit ahead. In mid-September, he smashed the bricks for the first time.
9.15 “Yueyi Shi” hit the police in North Point and took back several demonstrators who would have been arrested. It was an important demonstration for him. “Wake me up,” Dogs save people. ” The slogan is really to do it by hand. If everyone is brave, maybe I have already won. “After the bricks started to get accurate at the end of September, 10.1 will come up with my first petrol bomb, although it’s just a test , Throwing a few meters of open space in front of the police, “It’s all a big step in life.” He said a little sorry, “I’m not brave enough to do new blood, but I don’t know how to do it.”
Azhi ’s feeling is that the number of people on the frontline is not reduced, but there are fewer experienced people. . “8 members of the Azhi team, now there are 5 left,” I have been married again, and a friend was hurt. So, sometimes it will be, Hong Kong people’s brave military department has reached the top? Even the fire magic is coming out, what can you do next? The whole bomb? The bomb will be used again? 7.21 When the first time she used fire in Sheung Wan, a lot of people said that it was beautiful and really changed. Thugs, it will take a while before you can convince the squad to return to castration and castration. ”
“But for the time being, I don’t think I have reached the top. I have done my best, and I don’t know what I can do. I never imagined that I would take the initiative to attack people because I did fire magic. The reason is to protect the frontline brothers and sisters, not to annihilate the entire army or die. The mentality may make me restrict myself. And the situation of the house changes day by day, all the news is too fast. I I think it ’s … and every society and every government is forcing everyone to grow up. So I have no answer to this question, or if you ask me next week or next month, I grow up again. Peer, or maybe I’m already pulling people. ”
Change to “Student Movement” again?
Ah Heng tends to be pessimistic about the outcome of this movement. “I don’t think you can catch up this time, maybe five years later? When everyone accepts more, or when the situation worsens, there will be opportunities. But The problem is that when I am not mature enough and use fire magic, I will become mature and use real guns. “He paused,” But … I am … you use real guns and I feel in a bulletproof vest, Yeah. ”
“I ’m so happy … I really saw you in front of the thin road, I was really 18 years old, I didn’t support Tie Tie Tong, but Tie Tie went through the road with only a hand. So obviously I want to I did my part, but I didn’t even know that I was doing a good job, and I was able to pull people together.
“In June, it became a society to fight against totalitarianism, but afterwards everyone seemed to return to the rain, to support young people to fight against totalitarianism, and the previous generation shrank. I hate it myself. I just stole it. Change a concept, it seems like you are crying, you are talking about supporting young people. It’s good, every campaign is … I don’t hate it, but you didn’t do it when you had a chance. In the end, you can be the youngest generation because of your family. You feel that it is only a matter of young people. You only need to support the community. You must have a chance to succeed if you participate in society. ”
He Lifei is no longer on the street for many reasons: there are burdens, no objection notices, no subways and no cars, and some, they do not agree with Yongwu’s escalation. However, both Aheng and Zhizhi felt that in the face of police violent fire and live ammunition, the frontline had no option to upgrade without force; and the upgrade of bravery was after 2 million people marched without responding.
“Five years ago, I used to think that there would be a change in the street level,” Aheng said. “At that time, everyone would become a city. Do you think that even a pseudo-democratic government can ignore the public opinion? It didn’t matter, it was a totalitarian government. How many times have people won in the past five years? At most, it was the formal withdrawal of fugitive regulations. It was because of two parades of one or two million people in June. I went out to fight with him every week, and I got restless, so first. ”
“I don’t know that I can achieve what I want first. What I do is only a possibility. I don’t have to go back to the headstock. I can only push the situation all the way. To the edge, intimidation will happen. I always believe that to Xi Jinping, regardless of whether the wall is the same as Hong Kong, it depends on economic prosperity to support Qu ’s dictatorship. So I don’t think Qu will risk to use force to suppress it. The people of Hong Kong follow the risk and become a sovereign. If I don’t do it with my family, I will slowly win, and I will slowly clean up a generation and become a Hong Kong. ”
Revolution is not yet
However, no matter whether it is “revolutionary” or “seeking speculation,” it is clear that many Hong Kong people are not prepared or feel the need. Ahern understood. “Hong Kong people are so accustomed to adapting to things. In the past, Yuge had become a road, and tens of thousands of people sizzled with their own demands, but soon you know that I’m riding a taxi to Mile Road, Continue to do what I do, I continue to do what I do. This time again, on Sunday, I may go out to support the fright and follow Monday to Friday to return to work as usual. But the essence of the revolution is to completely overthrow a social system. When you do it, in fact, everyone’s existing quiet and little daily life will not exist again. Everyone must give up, let go, and have the opportunity first. ”
He disagrees with the “burdens” that adults say, and he disagrees with young people who are desperate because of “no loss.” “I read the three majors, career prospect ok, I have to live to live. I only care about it. When I first went out five years ago, I was able to occupy it peacefully, but my family first participated in social movements. Children, I have stopped the baton and rubber bullets. What about the next generation? I will face live ammunition as soon as I come out. If I don’t feel horrible, I will face more horror than my home. So, I don’t It’s really the responsibility of Miles generation to do as much as possible. ”
A Zhi is studying in a professional department. If she successfully graduates and gets a license, she will have no worries about living in Hong Kong or immigrating abroad. “If there is no mile field sports, I should be able to play and enjoy U life every day? But the family has daily strategies to study, and Zhong Youzhen can do it.” Her teammates are all the same age, but decided to use ” At the time of “Fire Magic”, no one had discussed criminal liability or personal future issues. “We only considered feasibility and did it. Everyone said,” If you are surprised, you can leave the house, and you are so surprised. ”
“In fact, every time before I went out, I was expected to pull people and return safely to the housing enterprise department. Therefore, it was an arson and the riot was settled. I didn’t have to go to study criminal punishment. To me, Regardless of whether she has been sitting for two or three years and ten years, she has a lot of emotions, no freedom, no future, and no one can continue to fight for Hong Kong. “In the face of her teammates’ arrests, she only He said, “I hope that someone will help me, not everyone. Because everyone can do more than me, and they can have a better future than me.”
If you want to talk about the price
Regarding “keep a useful body”, or wait until the masses have a more mature foundation, Azhi disapproves. “There must always be a first group of people out, and then there will be influence on the masses. Sacrifice early and early. It’s me.” Concerned, I just hope that our sacrifices today can wake up the unconscious Hong Kong people, or that future history can prove that we are doing the right thing today. Just like Liang Tianqi in 2016, most people think Go too far, but today everyone called the slogan of the day. I hope today ’s sacrifice is useful, and I believe it will be useful. Because many people around you are infected, students will be from Hong Kong. The pig became aware of the scary news and asked the scared mics to register as voters. ”
Speaking of criminal responsibility, Ahern said he knew, but he didn’t think about it. “Actually, we at the front line. Many people would rather shoot someone with a real gun and go to the prison. It’s like being heavy … But everyone’s feeling is that if someone is shot dead at the front line, maybe the people The mentality will change again. Everyone is used to being shot, exploded, maimed, lynched, raped, gang raped, and sodomy. It seems that they are used to sunbathing, floating corpses, everyone is numb to intimidation. It’s okay to be scared. Wake you up to action, maybe someone died on the spot. ”
He sometimes thinks that he may not change for the sake of sacrifice, and Hong Kong people continue to live as usual. “I only have a good view of history. This is a struggle process. At least you have not given up struggle. I believe that there is a seed for it. That is … like Tianqi and Lu Jianminqu. Now, after sitting for six or seven years, I don’t think that what the fuck? Especially the leader. But I am convinced that what happened in 2019 must be the seed that was planted. Hey … Yeah, we will become dots later, and we will control them. ”
“I will do the same thing. I did it because my family believed so much. But after a lot of people were arrested, the department regretted that they had participated in it, as if they had one more, one less. Little. When you are pulled by others, you will definitely look like this, I know. I really hope that if I really want to sit, I don’t think that what I have done is wrong. ”
“But when I went out the door again and again, I wow, wow, maybe I won’t be able to return to the housing company for six or seven years, and I feel so crazy.”
(To respect the wishes of the interviewees, the interviewees used pseudonyms in the article)