Summer in Smoke: On the Hong Kong Uprising

The Vitalist International

A reportback on the world’s largest black bloc, by the Vitalist International.

For a western audience it is worth elaborating the “be water” strategy, which developed in response to the failures of the Umbrella Movement. With its permanent occupations, pacifist discourse, and political leaders, the lessons from this movement created a culture where strategies that do not work are quickly abandoned. The strategy is simple: disrupt and desert.