During last year’s pro-democracy Occupy protests, a local group of climbers who called themselves “Hong Kong Spidie” scaled the 495-meter-high Lion Rock Hill in Kowloon and hung a huge yellow banner that read, “I want genuine universal suffrage — Umbrella Movement”.
It became one of the iconic images of the 79-day civil disobedience movement.
Interviewed by public broadcaster RTHK, Andreas, one of the climbers, said he would have no hesitation to join a reprise of the protest movement even if it cost him a jail term of up to 10 years.
Hanging the giant banner on the landmark cliff was the climbers’ way of showing their support for the democracy campaign while hoping to help revive the spirit of Hong Kong, he said.
Andreas admitted that the movement was a failure as all the struggle and sacrifices the protesters put up were unable to achieve genuine universal suffrage for Hong Kong people.
The climbers’ daring mission on Lion Rock was documented and captured in a 10-minute microfilm by Neo Yau Hawk-sau, a local artist and founder of the political satire group Mocking Jer.
Asked if he worries about being banned in mainland China, Yau told RTHK that doing his bit for justice and democracy is far more important than his own acting career.
Yau said it is the responsibility of today’s youth to work for the betterment of society as it concerns their future.
Occupy Lion Rock: I want genuine universal suffrage (Oct. 23, 2014)
Lion Rock banner removed, but message stays on (Oct. 24, 2014)
(Cantonese with English subtitles)
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