December 17th , the day of the farmers’ march in Hong Kong, turned out to be a day of resistance and repression. The events of that day reflected the lines drawn between two versions of the future: on one hand, the defense of sovereignty and the family farm agricultural model; on the other, globalization imposed from above by large corporations.
At the scheduled time for the march, the participants seem to be in no hurry. In Victoria Park, transformed from an urban recreational space to a hive of global activism, information stands from around the world are set up and from two stages songs, speeches, and slogans blare. Contingents of farmers and fisherfolk share experiences and listen to speeches in at least five languages.
Their organizations identify themselves with colorful flags and distinctive hats and vests