Date
11 December 2017
A runner holding a yellow umbrella is cheered on by democracy supporters from the sidelines of the marathon route. Photo: Reuters
A runner holding a yellow umbrella is cheered on by democracy supporters from the sidelines of the marathon route. Photo: Reuters

Carrie Lam, Andy Tsang booed at marathon ceremony

Some pro-democracy activists used Sunday’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to run with their favorite slogan while others carried trademark yellow umbrellas.

A group of people distributed yellow ribbons and flyers bearing the slogan “I want genuine universal suffrage”.

However, while the moves were supported by many runners, they were dismissed as “rubbish” by others, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

A few runners holding yellow umbrellas were heckled and told to get out of the race.

There was a hint of things to come when Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Police chief Andy Tsang were booed as they were introduced during the opening ceremony. 

William Ko, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association and organizer of the marathon, said there had been no untoward incidents.

A participant, surnamed Ng, said runners who carried pro-democracy banners were no different from those who showed up in shark suits and cartoon costumes and caused no harm or inconvenience to others.

Meanwhile, 40 runners were sent to hospital for various symptoms, up from 30 last year. Two, aged 24 and 49, were in critical condition, the report said. 

One fainted and suffered a head injury. The other fell sick on the run across Tsing Ma Bridge.

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