16 February 2019
Banners, placards and boxes piled up on the ground of Tamar Park after the protest. Photos: Facebook / Tam chun Yin, 蕭雲
Banners, placards and boxes piled up on the ground of Tamar Park after the protest. Photos: Facebook / Tam chun Yin, 蕭雲

Pro-establishment groups stage protest outside Legco

They left just as fast as they came.

Pro-establishment protesters gathered outside the Legislative Council building at Tamar Park in Admiralty at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday to denounce the two legislators-elect from localist group Youngspiration whom they accused of insulting Chinese people during their oath-taking last week.

But just three hours later, after organizers of the mass rally announced that the Legco meeting had been adjourned at noon, almost 80 percent of the protesters had left, news website reports.

The protest was organized by around 20 pro-Beijing groups such as the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) and the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU).

The organizers said “cleaning teams” had been designated to take care of the trash left behind by the protesters. Members of the teams spoke mostly in Putonghua or heavily accented Cantonese.

However, Commercial Radio reported that China flags were found in the rubbish bins after the protest, while discarded placards, banners and boxes piled up on the ground.

Workers from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department came hours later to do the cleaning.

Reporters found that some of the people who had left even while the protest was going went to a restaurant nearby.

Members of the Hong Kong Shaan Xi Friendship Association were seen changing back to their causal wear while seated across three tables at the restaurant.

They were joined by members of the Hong Kong Loon Tong Qing Yuan Association in red shirts to partake of the prepared meals.

Two pro-establishment legislators, Wong Kwok-kin and Ho Kai-ming of HKFTU, also arrived at the restaurant.

One reporter followed members of the Hong Kong Federation of Hainan Community Organization and saw them waiting for shuttle buses at Admiralty Centre.

A “leader” reminded the protesters not to forget to take pictures of themselves to serve as evidence of their participation in the protest.

Then several coaches were seen arriving at Admiralty to pick up the protesters and take them home.

Tailing one of the buses, the reporters found that it stopped near the Yau Ma Tei Community Centre Rest Garden, where half of the passengers got off and proceeded to the Star Seafood Restaurant.

At mealtime, one of the female protesters took out a stack of hundred dollar bills and started counting them.

The lunch lasted for about an hour after which the protesters left on their own.

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