Sunday, 10 April 2011
Picture of the Day: Protesting Superman
On Friday and Saturday a group of young people set up camp at Cheung Kong Centre to protest against "Superman", aka Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong's richest man.
They declared him a symbol of "injustice and property-developer hegemony".
This follows a ParknShop protest held on March 26 where several young activists filled up supermarket carts with items, lined up at the check out and then refused to pay for them. The place was so crowded that police had to be called in and there was a quarrel between the frustrated supermarket manager and an activist that can be see on YouTube, though I can't find the clip at the moment.
While many were angry at the activists for holding up customers at ParknShop, a lecturer at Baptist University's department of social work Shiu Ka-chun says this is a clear message to the government that public discontent has reached a "critical point".
"Mr Li used to be an idol of Hong Kong people. But now he becomes a symbol of so-called property hegemony," Shiu said. "The government should be aware of the growing discontent and perhaps take a stronger stance against the developers."
Cheung Kong declined to comment, but will the government ever take a stand against the developers?
Hardly seems likely.
Will the protests continue?