Loading
Breaking
Now Reading: LENNON WALLS | Pro-Beijing groups tear down Hong Kong’s protest walls, raising risk of clashes
LENNON WALLS | Pro-Beijing groups tear down Hong Kong’s protest walls, raising risk of clashes
September 21, 2019 , 01:51 PM

HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Groups of China supporters pulled down “Lennon Walls” of anti-government protest messages across Hong Kong on Saturday, raising the possibility of clashes with democracy supporters and another weekend of trouble.

By mid-morning, dozens of Beijing supporters had started to tear down the large mosaics of colourful posted notes calling for democracy and denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the former British colony.

The installations have blossomed across the Asian financial centre, at bus stops and shopping centres, under footbridges and along pedestrian walkways.

They have also occasionally become hot spots of violence in the city’s three months of unrest.

Hong Kong’s protests picked up in June over legislation, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial. Demands have since broadened into calls for universal suffrage.

A pro-Beijing city legislator, Junius Ho, who has been a vocal critic of the protests, had urged his supporters to clean up the approximately 100 “Lennon Walls around the city on Saturday.

The walls are named after the John Lennon Wall in communist-controlled Prague in the 1980s that was covered with Beatles lyrics and messages of political grievance.

However, in a message posted late on Friday his Facebook page on Friday, Ho said “for the sake of safety” the Lennon Walls would not be cleared up, only the streets.

“We will clean up the environment with a peaceful and rational attitude,” he said.

The anti-government protesters are angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing on Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” formula that ensures freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including the right of assembly and an independent judiciary.

China says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” arrangement and denies interfering. It has accused foreign governments including the United States and Britain, of inciting the unrest.

The demonstrations have taken on their own rhythm over the months and now tend to peak on the weekends, often with anti-government activists, many masked and in black, throwing petrol bombs at police, trashing metro stations, blocking airport roads and lighting street fires.

At times, they have been confronted by supporters of Beijing wielding sticks.

More pro-democracy protests are planned this weekend including a sit in the Yuen Long suburban subway station, marking two months since activists were attacked by a mob there.

The city’s transit operator, MTR Corp, said it would close train stations near potential protest sites, including Yuen Long and Tuen Mun, for safety reasons starting from early afternoon.

Protesters had said on Friday that while they did not want violence, they would defend themselves if they were attacked.

(Reporting by Greg Torode, Donny Kwok, Clare Jim, Twinnie Siu and Felix Tam Writing by Farah Master Editing by Robert Birsel)

More From News5
Tuloy ang war on drugs
Posibleng magbago ang istilo ng PNP sa war on drugs oras na lumabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng Senado sa 'ninja cops' at agaw-bato issue.
Published On: October 16, 2019
Smuggled na yosi sa Zamboanga City
Narekober sa sasakyan sa Baliwasan Seaside ang kahun-kahong smuggled na sigarilyo.
Published On: October 16, 2019
Robredo sa naging galaw ng protesta ni Marcos
Mabuting balita raw na isasapubliko na ang committee report ng Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ayon kay VP Leni Robredo, para malaman ng publiko ang nangyari sa naging recount sa mga boto sa tatlong pilot provinces na pinili ng nagpoprotestang si dating senador Bongbong Marcos.
Published On: October 16, 2019
May plano ang gobyerno sa traffic -Panelo
Tanungin daw muna ng mga kritiko ang mga concerned department kung anong plano para maibsan ang matinding traffic sa Metro Manila bago mag-criticize, ayon kay Sec. Salvador Panelo. Kasunod ito ng mungkahit ni Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes na dapat integrated ang transport system ng bansa, at ng pahayag niyang hindi sapat ang infrastructure projects sa ilalim ng Build, Build, Build para maresolba ang traffic issue.
Published On: October 16, 2019
Kabit ni mister, bestfriend ni misis
'Di lubos akalain ni Jeisa na pati bestfriend niya ay mapapabilang sa mahabang listahan ng mga naging babae ng kanyang mister. Ang masaklap, nagagawa pa raw siyang saktan ng asawa sa tuwing pagsasabihan sa kanyang pambababae.
Published On: October 16, 2019
SEA Games trivia: Athletics
Nakilala si Lydia de Vega bilang 'Asia's Sprint Queen' noong 1980s habang 'Long Jump Queen' naman si Elma Muros sa SEA Games atheletics.
Published On: October 16, 2019
SEA Games trivia: Volleyball
Anim na gintong medalya na ang inuwi ng Pilipinas sa women's volleyball.
Published On: October 16, 2019
SEA Games trivia: Gymnastics
Unang nakilala si Bea Lucero sa 1987 SEA Games matapos masungkit ang dalawang gintong medalya sa individual overall at balance beam events.
Published On: October 16, 2019
Testigo sa pagdinig sa GCTA, ibinunyag na may 'GCTA fo sale' sa Bilibid
Ibinunyag ni Yolanda Camelon, isa sa mga testigo sa pagdinig kaugnay ng GCTA, kung paano siya inalok ni Correctional Sr. Insp. Mabel Bansil na magbayad para makalaya ang kanyang asawang nakakulong sa Bilibid.
Published On: September 16, 2019
WOTD | Emancipation
Ang Emancipation ay kung saan ang pagiging 18-taong gulang ng isang Pilipino ang nagbibigay sa kanya ng lahat ng karapatan para kumilos nang may legal effect. Alamin ang iba't ibang termino sa usapang legal kasama si Atty. Mel Sta. Maria
Published On: September 16, 2019
Top Stories
BAD IMAGE | Philippine VP says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war
OCTOBER 23, 2019 (REUTERS) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abando
Published On: October 24, 2019
LOSE-LOSE SITUATION | DOH chief warns hospitals may face closures if they pullout from Philhealth
OCTOBER 24, 2019 — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday said private hospitals may face closure if they push through with their p
Published On: October 24, 2019
RISKY REHAB? | Unexploded 500-pound bomb found in Marawi
By Manny Mogato, News5 editor at large (OCTOBER 23, 2019) – Workers clearing debris in Marawi’s ground zero on Wednesday discovered a 500-p
Published On: October 23, 2019
NOTHING TO WORRY | Muscle spasms caused Pres. Duterte’s back pains – Sen. Go
(OCTOBER 23, 2019) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s back pain was caused by muscle spasms, his former aide said on Wednesday, eliminating
Published On: October 23, 2019
NEXT TOP MAGISTRATE | Pres. Duterte appoints Peralta as Chief Justice
(OCTOBER 23, 2019) – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed a new Supreme Court chief justice to replace Lucas Bersamin, who is leaving the benc
Published On: October 23, 2019