Date
20 August 2017
Sophia So (left) and Leung Kwok-hung hold placards at the shareholders' meeting. They said they were treated harshly when they were thrown out of the meeting. Photo: NOW TV
Sophia So (left) and Leung Kwok-hung hold placards at the shareholders' meeting. They said they were treated harshly when they were thrown out of the meeting. Photo: NOW TV

Protesters lash out at Link REIT violence

Two activist shareholders are crying foul at the treatment they received during Wednesday’s annual general meeting of The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT) (00823.HK).

Legislator Leung Kwok-hing and Link Watch chairwoman Sophia So said they were surrounded by security guards when they waved placards and asked questions and were later thrown out, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

“They carried me away, with one man on each of my side. They even wanted to drag me into the lift,” So said.

Dozens of Link Watch members and several other groups protested outside The Mira hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui where the meeting was taking place.

So said they received similar harsh treatment in the nine years they have been protesting at these meetings but this was the first time force had been used.

“We have not been treated with such violence. This is the most serious,” she said.

Leung said it was the first time he had been thrown out of a shareholders’ meeting and compared the experience to being booted from a Legislative Council session.

Lo Bing-chung, director of corporate communications and external relations of The Link REIT, said they expelled the protesters to protect the interests of other shareholders.

“The Link Watch members were yelling and throwing paper about during the meeting. We warned them to stop but they didn’t, so we had to get the security guards to ask them to leave,” he said.

He said the incident is being investigated by the police and refused further comment.

The Link Reit is expected to post a HK$331 million (US$42.71 million) gain from the sale of four shopping malls in April, which the protesters said would result in higher rent.

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