Date
23 September 2017
Promenaders watch as the boat with "I want genuine universal suffrage" banner sails by. Photo: Apple Daily
Promenaders watch as the boat with "I want genuine universal suffrage" banner sails by. Photo: Apple Daily

After scaling the mountain, pro-democracy banner sails the sea

If the “I want genuine universal suffrage” banner can climb up the mountain, there is no reason why it cannot sail the sea.

The giant yellow banner that carries the Occupy Movement’s umbrella symbol gained international fame after it was rolled out on the face of Lion Rock in Kowloon last month.

It has since been removed by the government, but smaller versions have mushroomed in the Occupy protest sites and elsewhere in the territory. Its latest iteration was spotted Thursday night on a boat sailing the Victoria Harbour between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, Apple Daily reported.

The man behind the move, surnamed Cho, said he and more than 20 friends pitched in about HK$4,000 (US$516) to have the banner done and hire the boat that would carry it along its route.

The boat owner helped them hang up the banner and even lent a searchlight to make it more visible.

As the boat sailed, Cho and his friends shouted pro-democracy slogans, attracting the attention of ferry commuters, sightseers and promenaders on both sides of the harbor. 

Sympathizers cheered and clapped their hands, and some shouted back, “Go! Go!”

And so the fight for genuine universal suffrage lives on.

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