Yet another enormous banner hung on the side of a prominent rock face, this one reading “dissolve the police force,” was there to greet Hong Kong as the sun rose this morning.
The banner — about 20 meters-long and two meters-wide — was spotted draped on the side of Beacon Hill in Kowloon at about 6am this morning, Apple Daily reports.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the banner, and it wasn’t immediately clear when emergency services will arrive to take it down.
While banners aimed at the Hong Kong police force have become a common site since protests began in June, it was a pro-government message that kicked off the week yesterday. According to on.cc, about a dozen flag-waving people were spotted on Lion Rock on Sunday morning, where they hung a giant People’s Republic of China flag and sang the country’s national anthem, March of the Volunteers.
The flag was about 15 meters-wide, CCTV said in a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, and hung by group of people celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, which will be celebrated sans fireworks in just over a week.
HK01 reported that police were called to Lion Rock at about 8am, but arrived to find the group had already left the scene.
That marks the second time in barely a week that pro-China supporters scaled Lion Rock to show support for the motherland. A group did the same thing on Sept. 14, as shown in this CGTN video below.
What the CGTN video didn’t show you was the large banner calling for “genuine universal suffrage” — one of the key demands of the city’s pro-democracy protesters — that had been draped on the side of Lion Rock the previous evening.