Protesters apologize for mayhem

Top News | Cindy Wan 26 Jun 2019

Many young protesters apologized to the public yesterday for keeping people from going into the Inland Revenue Department and disrupting work at Immigration Tower on Monday.

Protesters set out for Revenue Tower for a second day but did not obstruct the exits this time. Instead they bowed to people and distributed leaflets that said: "We apologize for the inconvenience caused."

Their action came after the obstruction there led to confrontations between protesters and people who were blocked from entering.

The apology leaflet titled "Hong Kong is undergoing urgent maintenance" thanked people for their patience and understanding over the recent disobedience activities.

It also reiterated their demands, including complete withdrawal of the suspended fugitive law amendment bill, scrutiny of police abuse of power and dropping charges against protesters.

"Your support will help resolve the whole issue in a shorter time," the leaflet stated.

The demonstrators wore white T-shirts and bowed to say sorry, while offering sweets and drinks to people entering Revenue Tower.

The public is divided over the apologies, with some tearing the leaflets they were given and others signifying support.

One officer from Inland Revenue said many people traveled a long way to pay tax on Monday and had to return again yesterday.

Raising awareness of the fugitive bill in the international community during this weekend's G20 summit is the next target, with protests and assembly calls for Hong Kong today. The Civil Human Rights Front will organize a rally at Edinburgh Place in Central at 8pm.

Charity Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon expressed "grave concern" over the disobedience movements and urged protesters to use peaceful and rational means, minimizing the impact on the public.

It added that despite though their colleagues, beneficiaries, and deprived and community groups had shown an understanding of the situation, "certain areas of our services have been adversely affected, including some educational programs, with activities being delayed."

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung wrote a letter of appreciation to government employees to thank them for serving the public in a professional manner amid protests at government offices.

Today Yuen Long district councillors from the pro-democracy camp will go to the Liaison Office and government headquarters to protest against council chairman Shum Ho-kit's decision to remove a motion that calls for complete withdrawal of the bill.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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