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.
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.”
Lion Rock sits in between Kowloon and the New Territories.
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.
Police arrived on scene within a couple of hours but the banner still remained by nightfall.
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.