The protest against the demolition of Star Ferry has been going on for four days. After the violent crack down by the police, protesters are now launching hunger strike.
In December 14, at the eve of the Ferry's 49 years old birthday, the demonstrators organized a peaceful candle night. When they moved to the front gate of the construction site, the police surrounded dozen of them with iron bar and arrested 11 of them under minor charges within the Police force ordinance, such as “obstructing public officers”.
A latest statement has been released at inmediahk.net to protest against the police action in repressing peaceful demonstration and demand the SAR government to drop all the charges:
The protesters’ demands are:
2. The head of Planning and Lands Department, Michael Suen Ming-yeung to meet the concern groups to discuss about alternative planning proposal that can accommodate development and preservation of the Star Ferry. Within the negotiation period, the construction should be suspended.
3. drop all charges and release all the protesters.
4. delete the video tap that contains the shot of protesters going to toilet
5. the future city planning should be opened to citizens, so that all citizens with different background can get access to the information and participate in the discussion.
6. stop the government and corporate collusion model in development, respect history and culture.
Citizens are using the comments section of the latest citizen reports to update each others on the situation:
警方一直表示可以放走包圍的示威者, 但要抄其中一人的身份證(亦有說是起訴/拘捕其中一人), 示威者堅拒。被圍的示威者要求警察行開。
2:30左右內圍有示威者要求放行上廁所, 警方不許, 該示威者無奈要在眾人面前解手, 而警方的攝影機亦不停地影著(!!!), 這使內外圍的示威者均極度憤怒。外圍示威者企圖衝過防線與內圍的示威者會合, 成功搶去兩三個鐵欄, 但始終無法衝過防線。
– 林輝 fred 於 December 15, 2006 02:46 AM
The police said that they could let go of the detainee but had to copy one of the protester's ID number (some said it was for future charge / arrest), protesters refused and demanded the police to let them go.
Around 2:30am, a protester demanded to go to toilet, police refused to let go, the protester had to piss in front of everyone against his will. And the police camera kept video taping the whole process (!!!), it made supporting protesters from outside the detained circle very angry. They tried to break the blockade and joined the detainees, took away three iron bars, but failed to get through.
– fred at December 15, 2006 02:46 AM
– gutfei 於 December 15, 2006 03:31 AM
The police van ran over a protester, protesters reported to the police to stop the van, but the van did not stop immediately. When the protester was pull out, the van continued to drive on, the protester was still lying on the road and there are tie marks in his body.
– gutfei at December 15, 2006 03:31 AM
– ahchoii 於 December 15, 2006 06:35 AM
I am really thankful to this policeman and hope that he is alright. I only hope that the high ranking police officers and government officials could really reflect on what they have been doing, why they have to risk the life of frontline police and protester? Why can't they just postpone the demolition of Star Ferry and let all Hong Kong citizens discuss the whole issue? What's the rush?
One bean wrote about the cultural and political background of this demolition of Star ferry and Queen’s pier, the latter is the most significant symbolic site of British colonial history in Hong Kong.
The protesters are launching hunger strike today, here is part of their hunger strike statement:
Ironically, So was fighting against the colonial power at that time, while today we are fighting this so called “Hong Kong people self-governing” and “people oriented” SAR government.
Some people said that we are too late for our struggle, we answered, the protest against demolition has been going on for long. We have the professional alternative plan, but the government refused to listen; our bodies are protecting in the street, we use our bodies to stop the construction machine, we use our bodies to break the police line. However, the demolition hasn't been stopped, and is even speeding up! We can only use our bodies once more to continue the protest.