Date
13 December 2017
'Support our ginger' banner lured some anti-Occupy people to sign up for a petition that actually called on pro-Beijing campaigner Robert Chow to leave Hong Kong. Photos: DBC, internet
'Support our ginger' banner lured some anti-Occupy people to sign up for a petition that actually called on pro-Beijing campaigner Robert Chow to leave Hong Kong. Photos: DBC, internet

Robert Chow targeted in prank ‘Quit Hong Kong’ petition

Robert Chow Yung, convener of the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, may have inadvertently received a suggestion from some of his supporters that he leave Hong Kong and stay permanently in the United Kingdom.

A “joke” was played on him as some Occupy sympathizers strung a banner that read “support our ginger” and collected signatures for a petition from passersby in Wan Chai over the weekend.

The banner was modeled on the lines of the “support our police” banners that had been used by the anti-Occupy group recently. 

“Ginger” is the nickname that has been used by netizens to mock Robert Chow, who has been a vocal opponent of the Occupy protests in Hong Kong.

Many older citizens signed the petition as they thought it was meant to express solidarity with Chow’s views, when in fact the document actually called on the anti-Occupy campaigner to leave Hong Kong and permanently reside in the UK using his British National (Overseas) passport.

The people behind the petition, believed to be followers of the online discussion forum hkgolden.com, said they wanted to demonstrate that not all people who sign petitions actually know what they were supporting, according to Apple Daily.

The message here to the public is: don’t go by the number of signatures claimed by the anti-Occupy groups in their petition campaigns.

As for the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, it was not amused by the banner and petition action that took place at Johnston Road.

According to a message posted on its Facebook page, the group has lodged a complaint with the police, saying some people had copied the design of its banners.

Chow said that he does not care about netizens’ joke on him.

Referring to his BNO passport, he said that he has sought to cancel that passport as “Hong Kong is my home”.

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