More than a hundred police officers swooped down on a busy shopping street in Mong Kok on Wednesday night after anti-mainland activists reportedly threatened to disrupt a “street concert” to be staged by a group of middle-aged women from the mainland.
The officers, mostly from the Police Tactical Unit, were deployed on Sai Yeung Choi Street after an informant said activists planned to splash water on the street singers in the area, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
A leader of the street singers, identified only as Mr. Poon, condemned the activists for “behaving like barbarians”, but promised to cooperate with the police to avoid any untoward incident.
The mainland singers did not show up, and only one “cantopop” singer was seen belting out tunes in a street corner.
Plainclothes officers were seen distributing leaflets to passers-by, asking them not to splash liquid on other people and to respect their feelings.
Poon said his singing group is composed of 10 middle-aged women residing in Tuen Mun who hold valid Hong Kong identity cards.
“They are new immigrants, they are not ‘locusts’,” he said, referring to the term used by some Hong Kong netizens to insult mainland visitors.
Poon said the singing group has been performing in various venues for the past eight years, and it was only recently that they encountered protests from anti-mainland activists.
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