Bitcoin’s use as a protector of wealth is coming to the fore in Hong Kong as trading volumes spike and businesses iron out problems with acceptance.
On October 6, Pompliano tweeted:
“When you’re worried about your assets being seized or becoming inaccessible to you, Bitcoin’s non-seizability becomes very attractive. This aspect of Bitcoin just became important for 1+ billion people in India & Hong Kong.”Anthony Pompliano
Likewise, Pompliano was writing days after China’s 70th state anniversary protests, as big as any in the democracy movement’s 18-week history, were met with a forceful reaction from the government.
In the face of a crackdown on civil liberties through emergency powers, monetary freedom also took a hit, with worried residents forming queues at ATMs. Hong Kong saw a giant spike in trading on P2P Bitcoin exchange Localbitcoins, seeing 12.3 million HKD ($1.57 million) change hands on September 28.
Local entities were viewing possibilities for escaping the grip of authorities had already considered Bitcoin, but it was the teething problems that hit the headlines.
It has been reported that the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) had complained about payment processor BitPay failing to pass on donations to its cause.
However, BitPay blamed the banking system, sparking a debate about the irony of relying on fiat through third parties in order to use Bitcoin.
As of October 10, the HKFP had resolved the issue, Tom Grundy, the Founder revealed by switching to open-source alternative BTCPay.
Thus, he confirmed:
“HKFP has escaped the clutches of BitPay and… now accepts Bitcoin again via BTCPay.”Tom Grundy