Netizens initiated a “Sing With You” event in shopping malls across 9 shopping malls in Hong Kong, hoping to voice discontent over the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam particularly on her birthday.
Citizens started to unfurl protest banners and chanted slogans at around 7pm in Taikoo Shing, Kwun Tong, Shatin, Tsuen Wan, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Tai Po, Tuen Mum and Jordan.
An assortment of creative posters and printouts were seen across different districts of Hong Kong to ‘celebrate’ Carrie Lam’s Birthday. At Mong Kok’s Langham Place, civilians prepared a cake with the words “5 Demands, Not 1 Less” and tossed Joss, both actions revealed extreme grievances deep rooted in the community since the pro-democracy movement began last June.
Peaceful gathering again ended prematurely when large troops of riot police arrived at the scene, ordering civilians to leave, threatening that they could be fined flouting the anti-gathering ban. Journalists were continued to be targeted, e.g. in Shatin, plainclothes officers pepper-sprayed reporters nearby without giving proper prior warning.
Sources: Apple Daily; Twitter; Cupid News; USP United Social Press; Stand News; Local Press; FirstHand