A giant black banner with white script reading “dirty cops are rioters” was unfurled on a prominent rock face in Kowloon last night, and was still there as of press time.
The 30-by-three-meter banner was first spotted on Devil’s Peak in Yau Tong at about 10pm, Apple Daily reported.
According to HK01, authorities were finally called at about 6:30am this morning, but as of publication, no firefighters — who normally get the task of pulling down the mountainside agitprop — had arrived.
While no one’s taking responsibility so far, it’s not the first time a banner has been draped on Devil’s Peak. In early June, more than a week before the extradition bill protests kicked off, pro-democracy party the League of Social Democrats unfurled a banner reading “Carrie Lam, resign!”
The banner’s appearance comes days after the MTR Corp and emergency services held a joint press conference in a bid to put an end to unsubstantiated rumors that as many as three protesters were beaten to death by police during a heavy-handed clearance operation at at Prince Edward MTR station on Aug. 31.
While Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam last week finally officially withdrew the controversial extradition bill that triggered the past months of unrest, anti-government protests show no signs of slowing as demonstrators continue to insist that all five of their demands, including an independent inquiry into police brutality, are met.