Bank wants protesters removed
Ada Lee and Austin Chiu
Anti-bank protesters have been living in the space beneath HSBC's headquarters since last October. The bank has asked the courts to help it move them on. Yet they still refuse to go.
Occupy Central is a sister movement of the worldwide Occupy Wall Street. The OWS protest started in the United States in September last year. People who joined the movement are protesting against greed, corruption and economic issues.
The Plaza belongs to the bank but in 1983 it was made into a public space.
The bank says the protests make people feel uncomfortable, and it is concerned about hygiene. Occupier Leung Wing-lai said it was unreasonable for the bank to raise these concerns now.
'The number of occupiers has dropped significantly. Now it's actually easier for us to manage. If they're talking about hygiene issues, they should have been more concerned at the beginning of the occupation,' Leung said.
Another occupier, Mui Kai-ming - brother of late Canto-pop diva Anita Mui Yim-fong - said: 'It's a public space. The bank has no right to order us to leave. It can't do that.' He added that he was thinking of filing a counterclaim.