Protest blitz sees tanks near museum ads

Top News | Phoebe Ng 9 Jan 2017

Tanks ran in front of the Palace Museum in a scene created by creative protesters in the MTR.

The protest prompted the rail operator to post staff to guard the giant advert for the museum.

According to pictures posted on social media, tank stickers were glued to the moving walkway's handrail.

From afar, it seemed as if the tanks were running in front of the museum in a reminder of the Tiananmen crackdown.

The move was thought to be a protest against the HK$158 million documentary jointly produced by Television Broadcasts and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

A display advertisement entitled "In Touch with the Palace Museum," with images of the Forbidden Palace, has been posted on the giant walls of the passageway connecting Hong Kong and Central MTR stations to promote the documentary.

The program has been criticized as a "political stunt" for the Palace Museum project, which bypassed public consultation and Legislative Council debate before a deal had been signed.

An MTR spokesman said the stickers were discovered by staff at around 10.30am yesterday and were removed.

Separately, Kwai Tsing district councillor Chow Wai-hung put a Goddess of Democracy replica in front of the Palace Museum display.

On Saturday, a blood-red handprint appeared on the same giant display.

MTR staff cleaned the handprint as police could not find the offender.

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