Troll protesters paste lawmaker’s face all over after he launches ‘Clean Hong Kong’ campaign

Hongkongers getting creative all the time.

Kayla Wong | September 22, 2019 @ 03:20 am


Controversial Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho called for a “Clean Hong Kong” campaign on Saturday, Sep. 21, asking his supporters to tear down the “Lennon Walls” found all over Hong Kong.

With the English slogan “Man Up! Sign Up! Clean Up!”, the campaign called on Hongkongers to clean up “warped logic”, as well as “rubbish”.

The campaign was meant to celebrate the “70th anniversary of our motherland”, said Ho.

Told participants to avoid conflict

However, he later backtracked, saying on late Friday, Sep. 20, that he was no longer targeting “Lennon Walls”, and that participants should focus on trash on the streets.

He also told participants to avoid conflict.

According to Hong Kong Free Press, Ho showed up at Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan, Sha Kei Wan and South Bay on the day itself.

“Cleaning up” Hong Kong

Answering Ho’s call to “clean up” Hong Kong, several people were spotted tearing down posters supporting the ongoing protests, as well as the colourful sticky notes that made up the “Lennon Walls”.

Participants were well-equipped with detergents and trash bags.

Some of them even posed for a picture after they carried out their task successfully.

Image via Telegram

Police called to the scene

Unfortunately, the day-long activity was not without a few heated moments.

Participants of the campaign and protesters got into an argument at Yuen Long, reported Stand News.

Police were called to the scene, who promptly formed a protective cordon around the participants while they continued taking down the “Lennon Wall”.

Participants were later escorted by the police away from the scene.

Protesters respond

In response to the campaign, protesters took to spamming images of Ho’s face instead.

The move means anyone cleaning up protest signs and posters will have to clear the images of Ho’s face as well.

Some protesters also put up posters with cheeky messages.

But the tactic seemed to have failed, as participants of the campaign remained unfazed, treating the images like the rest of the “rubbish” they were clearing up.

Image via Apple Daily

Meanwhile, protesters complained about the “trash” left behind after participants supposedly “cleaned up” the place.

According to South China Morning Post, protesters had not turned up in large numbers to confront the participants clearing the “Lennon Walls”, instead showing up afterwards to replenish the sites with fresh posters.

Not the first time

This is not the first time pro-establishment supporters have torn down items that the protesters put up.

Previously, they have taken down flowers placed by protesters at Prince Edward train station, something which was done by the police as well.

The flowers were left as tributes to suspected victims of the police crackdown within the station on Aug. 31.

Who is Junius Ho?

Ho is a pro-Beijing lawmaker who is a vocal critic of the protests.

He is widely seen by protesters to be connected to the Yuen Long attack on July 22, when a group of white-clad mobsters attacked both protesters and commuters alike in a train station.

He was seen shaking hands with the men allegedly involved in the incident later at the area in the same evening.

He recently made the news when Hong Kong’s Jockey Club cancelled all races on Wednesday, Sep. 18, after protesters said they would target the Happy Valley racecourse where his horse was due to run, Reuters reported. 

Protests so far

Hong Kong has entered its 16th straight weekend of protests, which show no signs of stopping.

It is common to see peaceful rallies escalate to violent clashes between the protesters and police.

Protests on Saturday, Aug. 21, saw riot police firing tear gas after front-line protesters threw two petrol bombs towards an approaching line of police.

While protests have started initially to oppose a proposed extradition bill that would allow case-by-case extradition of criminals to mainland China, it later morphed into a broader call for democratic rights, supposedly guaranteed under the Basic Law, to be safeguarded.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has since announced the formal withdrawal of the bill, but protesters say the concession was “too little, too late”.

Top image adapted via Junius Ho/FB & Galileo Cheng/Twitter

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