Continuing on the power of Qik motif (see Congressman Culberson’s live video activity here), Noel Hidalgo (aka: @noneck) has been off changing the world again, this time stirring up trouble (in all the best ways) in China during the Olympics.
He and John Hocevar (founder of Students for a Free Tibet) were interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now about their experiences as citizen journalists during the Olympics in Beijing — and their consequent deportation:
AMY GOODMAN: And when did the authorities catch you, deport you? Or did they stop you each time, at each protest?
NOEL HIDALGO: I was not stopped. I was actually—I was
harassed by local Chinese every single time. I was told that I was a
demon, I was a devil, for showing China in this particular light,
because they saw me capturing this footage. On the third protest, where
the students unfurled their banner at the ticket office where John and
I were both detained, I just happened to have a high-definition
consumer camera, and I was thrown up against the wall, my arm was
twisted behind my back, and I was subsequently detained for being a
Westerner who was capturing this footage. I wanted to show the rest of
the world what exactly was going on in China.
Also, be sure to check out Noel’s live video of a Free Tibet protest in Tianamen Square. I heart Social Media.