A plainclothes policeman, right, confronts Hong Kong businessmen Alex Liu, Lawrence Liu, Patrick Choi and Nelson Choi as they unfurl a protest banner near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. The four men claim they were unfairly thrown out of a hotel joint venture in Dandong city, Liaoning province.
The group has objected to the right of a Liaoning court to terminate the involvement of their company, FAM Engineering, in the $31 million, 220 room hotel venture. The four men, all foreign passport holders, are seeking help from the central government to settle their case. Their dispute centres on loans related to the hotel project, which they say were taken out without their knowledge.
Despite attracting police attention, the men were told that no officials were available to receive them and their banner was confiscated by security guards. The four returned later and again demanded to meet officials, but were detained for about an hour without being granted an audience.