Focus on weighty issues - or just a good time

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 July, 2007, 12:00am


'When the chief executive is performing badly, we can choose another one.'

Primary Five student Wan Hiu-yee, 12, who has marched with her mother each year since 2003, on why she supports universal suffrage.

'I want to see betterment of Hong Kong as a democratic society. People can vote for their leaders and hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.'

Thomas Peter Walsh, 42, who joined the parade yesterday for the first time

'I hope the central government will return the power to Hong Kong people so that we can breathe the air of freedom and carry out 'one country, two systems'.'

Leung Wai-chiu, a 40-year-old housewife who has marched for the past six years, this year with her 11-year-old daughter

'I am not coming here for fun. I come for myself and the next generation.'

Olivia Lau Hiu-yan, Ms Leung's daughter

'Hong Kong is a distorted society. More people should stand up and express their views.'

Lau Gai-tim, 70, who has taken part every year

'While the government educates the public to cherish life, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has killed wandering animals inhumanely. We cannot tolerate the government's attitude towards the abuse of animals.'

Chik Wing-keung, Animal Earth committee member


'I don't know what this parade is about, and I don't know what the handover means to me. I just know today is my birthday and I feel very happy. I love China and I love Hong Kong, but I don't know why people have come to take part in the parade. My mother told me to come, so I came.'

Joshua Cheung Chun-wah, 10

'I have gained a better understanding of Hong Kong in the past 10 years, and this is my third visit to the city. I am very happy to be here.'

Ms Chen, a 46-year-old civil servant from Guangzhou who joined the event as a member of a mainland property owners' association, one of the organisations that took part in the march

'My grandson, Chun-hei, is a Hongkonger, but he lives in Shenzhen. I took him to Hong Kong on Saturday night because I wanted him to get a feel for the event in Hong Kong.'

Mrs Yu, who, with her three-year-old grandson, joined the parade after enjoying the variety show at Happy Valley Racecourse

'I liked the parachute acrobatics very much!'

Yu Chun-hei, Mrs Yu's grandson