Hong Kong park authorities are under fire for discrimination after a mother complained that her son was stopped from blowing bubbles in a public playground.
Netizens sided with the woman after her Facebook post about the incident went viral on social media, Apple Daily reports.
She criticized the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for unfair treatment of her son who was stopped from playing with bubbles in Tong Ming Street Park in Tseung Kwan O.
She said a guard approached her son and told him to stop blowing bubbles because it was bothering other children.
“There must be something wrong… there is no rule against blowing bubbles in a park,” the woman wrote.
Many netizens weighed in, calling LCSD “stupid”.
They said it is absurd that LCSD allows Chinese dama — middle-aged women in revealing clothing — to perform in parks but prohibits children to blow bubbles.
A protest is being planned to get park visitors to simultaneously blow bubbles.
LCSD said the guard, who works for a company that manages the park, was only acting on complaints from other park users.
It said it has reminded staff in its facilities to improve communication with the public to avoid misunderstandings but added the mother should bring her child to another part of the playground next time.
Park regulations prohibit certain activities such as kite flying, bicycling, dog walking and sitting on grass.
Offenders face imprisonment for 14 days and a fine of HK$2,000 (US$258).
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