NEWS – Climbers Unfurl Huge Pro-Democracy Banner on Lion Rock (Part 1/2) 6


Viewable for miles around, a huge yellow banner reading “I want genuine universal suffrage” has been hung upon Lion Rock. A group of climbers known as ‘The Hong Kong Spidie’ unfurled the 6mx28m banner earlier today. See part 2, here.

lion rock banner

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The groups says that, through its action, it “aims to redefine the beauty of the ‘Spirit of Hong Kong people’ – not merely shown in the city’s economic growth but in the recent Umbrella Movement to demand for democracy and universal suffrage.”

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Via Lam Yik Fei on Facebook

Lion Rock sits in between Kowloon and the New Territories.

via Dash Media

via Dash Media

The group said “We were shock[ed] by CY Leung’s viewpoint that the poor should not have equality in election[s] and hope this action would be able to call public attention on the importance of universal suffrage.”

The group released an accompanying YouTube video message…

The climbers began planning the action a week ago. Police have reportedly been notified.

Banner Lion Rock

via waihonso on Flickr

Police arrived on scene within a couple of hours but the banner still remained by nightfall.

via FB

via FB

A popular Roman Tam song entitled “Under the Lion Rock” (獅子山下), hailing the spirit of Hong Kong people, is now doing the rounds on local forums.

 Part 2, here.



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6 thoughts on “NEWS – Climbers Unfurl Huge Pro-Democracy Banner on Lion Rock (Part 1/2)

  • yadranko

    Democracy does not equal freedom. Democracy equals tyranny of the majority. How about protesting for individual freedom instead? To let each and every person decide for oneself. But of course that would be a problem for collectivists, as they would not be able to ‘justly’ redistribute other people’s wealth. Huh?

  • Andre Dickson

    What is wealth? Is it resources? Do you own resources? What gives you the right to resources? To fresh water or fertile land? Or is it a socially-defined? As in, “you have contributed something of value to society so therefore here is your reward”.

  • Andrew Bryk

    I mean they literally are collectivist. Like East Asia is famously collectivist, in every sense of that word.

  • Guest

    What are you talking about? The only resource Hong KOng has is it rock it is sittin on, and that is owned by HK government, which it lends out and collects rate and rent for, in order to subsidize poor people’s housing. Come see what i really think of it here: http://libertarianinselfexile.blogspot.hk/2014/07/public-vs-private-land-ownership-case.html

    The only other wealth in Hong Kong is what HK people create through their own hard work. “…contributed something of value socially”? The only thing that matters is freedom. Freedom to use one’s own talents to produce and exchange wealth through voluntary means. Got something of value to exchange with others? Put it out! Got nothing? Ask government officials with fancy hats to steal from others and give it to you, also feeding themselves in the process? Come, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I

  • yadranko

    What are you talking about? The only resource Hong KOng has is its rock it is sitting on, and that is owned by HK government, which it lends out and collects rate and rent for, in order to subsidize poor people’s housing. Come see what I really think of it here: http://libertarianinselfexile.blogspot.hk/2014/07/public-vs-private-land-ownership-case.html

    The only other wealth in Hong Kong is what HK people create through their own hard work. You mentioned: “…contributed something of value socially”? The only thing that matters is freedom. Freedom to use one’s own talents to produce and exchange wealth through voluntary means. Got something of value to exchange with others? Put it out in the free market! Got nothing? Ask government officials with fancy hats to steal from others and give it to you, also feeding themselves in the process? Come, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I

  • AlanHK

    Democracy isn’t utopia. It is however preferable to plutocracy, which is what we have here now. Government that refuses to listen to anyone with less than $1billion.

    Countries with real universal suffrage still have plenty of problems. But the thing is that when the people realise their leaders are idiots, they can get rid of them peacefully, no bloodshed, and try a different way. Beijing has appointed one bootlicking corrupt idiot after another.