Parents still hunger for justice

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 12:00am

Twenty elderly parents of mainland right-of-abode seekers yesterday entered the second day of a hunger strike outside the Court of Final Appeal.

A 73-year-old mother, Ms Chow, was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital when she started feeling sick 20 hours after starting the strike on Sunday night.

A spokesman for the Parents Association for Right of Abode, Ngan Siu-lai, said the strikers were still in good spirits despite the hot weather.

'We have reminded them to drink more water in case they suffer heat stroke,' she said.

All the parents, who are in their 70s, spent the day sleeping under a tree outside the court in Central, which today resumes hearing a last-ditch attempt by more than 5,000 abode seekers to remain in Hong Kong.

They pledged when they started their fast that they would continue the hunger strike until Thursday, when government lawyers conclude their opening submission.

To support the parents, about 30 abode seekers led by Father Franco Mella yesterday travelled from Lowu KCR station at the border to the Court of Final Appeal by train and on foot, signifying the road travelled in the saga since Beijing reinterpreted the Basic Law in June 1999 to deny those involved in the case the right of abode.