Flower stalls reprieved in contract row

Central Station | 21 Jan 2020

The League of Social Democrats was given a short reprieve for its stalls at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair for violation of rental conditions.

The Food and Health Department earlier ordered the pro-democratic party to shut down its two stalls by 3pm yesterday, saying it has breached contract conditions for showing political slogans which oppose a salary increase for police.

The stalls had not been torn down last night after the department agreed to meet its chairman, Avery Ng Man-yuen, this morning.

The party rented two stalls at the fair to sell flowers and plants, with display boards about the anti-fugitive bill movement. There is also a TV playing videos of clashes during the protests. It also asked people to sign a petition to oppose raising police pay.

Staff of the department pinned a notice on the stall on Sunday night requesting the party to remove the displays or the department could end the rental contract any time, but the party refused to do so.

The department then informed the party of terminating the contact and asked it to shut down the stalls.

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