Date
18 November 2017
Occupy protesters gather amid the bright lights of the commercial district in Mong Kok. Photo: Bloomberg
Occupy protesters gather amid the bright lights of the commercial district in Mong Kok. Photo: Bloomberg

Small shop owners mull lawsuits against Occupy leaders

Several small business owners plan to launch a lawsuit against organizers of the Occupy civil disobedience campaign and seek compensation for losses caused by the street protests.

A travel agency in Kwun Tong has also filed a claim to Small Claims Tribunal against Benny Tai Yiu-ting, a co-founder of the Occupy Central movement, seeking HK$450 (US$58.02) in damages, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday.

Ma Yat-chiu, owner of Great Otto Travel and a Kwun Tong District Council member, said his tour bus business suffered a loss because of the cancellation of a planned carnival event during the National Day holiday as a result of the street demonstrations, according to the newspaper.

The court is scheduled to hear the case on Nov. 26.

The owner of the Ha-Ne Sushi restaurant chain had also considered filing a similar suit against Tai for business losses amounting to at least HK$230,000.

However, he decided not to pursue the claim as it takes time and money, the report said.

Chan Choi-hi, a member of the Central and Western District Council and chairman of the Hong Kong Civil Action, said at least seven merchants are planning to launch a similar action for business losses resulting from the Occupy campaign. The complainants are engaged in catering, retail and transport, among other businesses, he said.

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