Sing Tao News Corp. (01105.HK) is seeking compensation of at least HK$1.57 million (US$200,000) from three protesters who disrupted a schools debate last month, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
It has sued lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, who is the chairman of the League of Social Democrats, and People Power members Mandy Tam Heung-man and Tam Tak-chi.
The lawsuit says the trio caused a nuisance, disturbance and disruption of the finals of the 30th Hong Kong Inter-School Debate Competition sponsored by the newspaper firm on May 15 at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was guest of honor at the event and was scheduled to deliver a speech.
However, while the event was in progress, the suit says, Leung suddenly shouted slogans through a loudspeaker, Mandy Tam unfurled a yellow umbrella and handed a petition to Lam, while Tam Tak-chi shouted and threw paper balls at the organizers.
Lam was forced to leave without delivering her speech, disappointing the debate participants, the suit says.
It says the shouting by the defendants prevented the scores given by the judges from being heard.
Sing Tao News Corp., publisher of Sing Tao Daily and The Standard, is claiming a manpower cost of more than HK$1.5 million for the preparation, promotion and production of the event and an out-of-pocket expense of HK$75,000.
It asked the court to prohibit the three defendants from taking part in any events organized by Sing Tao Daily.
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