Date
22 January 2017
Robert Chow (inset) says Sunday's human chain on the Peak was aimed at a world audience and a new Guinness record. Photo: tvb.com
Robert Chow (inset) says Sunday's human chain on the Peak was aimed at a world audience and a new Guinness record. Photo: tvb.com

Not so fast: Pro-Beijing groups’ Guinness aim falls flat

Two pro-establishment groups are gunning for the Guinness World Records after thousands took part in an assembly to “inject positive power” to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Economic Journal is reporting that the Silent Majority for Hong Kong and the Alliance for Peace and Democracy drew more than 5,000 members at a Victoria Peak rally.

However, they are unlikely to set any new records given that similar gatherings in other places have attracted millions.

Organizers of Sunday’s assembly, which featured marchers in red caps waving the Chinese national flag, put attendance at 5,251.

They began the assembly with a silent prayer for the two firemen killed in last week’s Kowloon Bay fire before forming a 3.5-kilometer line from Lugard Road to Harlech Road, chanting “I am proud to be Chinese”.

Robert Chow, convenor of the pro-Beijing alliance, said the campaign was aimed at a world audience, according to news website hk01.com.

But his aim to set a new Guinness record looks remote.

Dr. Leung Kai-chi, an assistant program director in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said two million people formed a 675.5-kilometer human chain across the three Baltic Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — in 1989.

According to Guinness World Records, the longest human chain had five million people joining hands across 1,050 kilometers in Bangladesh in 2004.

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