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Four men jump into Victoria Harbour in protest against Occupy Central movement

We can't take it any longer, says protester before plunging into water … followed by firefighters

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 2:17pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 June, 2014, 8:49am
 

Four men demonstrated their opposition to the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement yesterday with some civil disobedience of their own - jumping off the pier at Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower into Victoria Harbour.

The men held a press briefing lamenting Occupy Central before defying a police warning not to go ahead with their stunt.

Watch: Four men jump to the Victoria Harbour in protest against Occupy Central

Three firefighters wearing crash helmets and life jackets jumped in straight after them and helped pull the men back onto the pier using rescue buoys.

As one man quickly drifted about 10 metres from the pier steps, with one of the rescuers in pursuit, a life buoy was thrown in.

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It was all over in minutes for the crowd of spectators. They included about 30 of the men's supporters, who spoke in Putonghua among themselves and refused to answer questions from the media about why they were against the Occupy Central movement.

Before jumping, one of the four men, who would only give his name as Chan, said: "We can't stand it any longer."

The 52-year-old, who claimed to have no political affiliations, said he was aware that swimming in the harbour required prior approval from the Marine Department and admitted they had not filed an application.

Fellow jumper Shea Kai-chuen warned: "We will have no choice but to swim across the harbour if Occupy Central does take place and stops all the traffic, even the MTR service."

The Occupy Central organisers plan to mobilise 10,000 people to stage a sit-in protest in the city's main business district if the government fails to deliver a proposal for the 2017 chief executive election that meets international standards of universal suffrage.

Under the Shipping and Port Control Regulations, no swimming events are permitted in Hong Kong waters without permission from the Marine Department due to possible interference with sea traffic. Offenders are liable to a fine of HK$2,000.

No arrests were made in connection with yesterday's protest.

Meanwhile, a convoy of 30 cars carrying members of a pro-Beijing business group yesterday drove to government headquarters in Admiralty to show their opposition to Occupy Central. They described Occupy organisers as blackmailing thugs.

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321manu
OMG, 4 lonely idiots? Is this really news? THis is even more pathetic than the 20 lonely dudes in counter-protest.
But these guys were knowingly breaking the law. No doubt that we'll hear heavy and righteous condemnation from the CCP types, who have been bent out of shape over the supposed illegality of the Occupy scenario. Of course, this assumes that CCP types are capable of applying principles in a consistent manner, and that is hardly a foregone conclusion.
impala
800,000 votes in favour of OC versus 4 guys jumping off a pier. Pathetic.
andreaswagner
So there are at least 4 village idiots in HK. Cool. Keep looking, there are loads more. The government is a good place to start:)
Those 4 forgot to put some concrete shoes on before they jumped.
blue
"Did 6-asterisk-boy forget his meds today?"

The pro Beijing barking dogs are going mad and starting to froth at the mouth.
DinGao
Have they all been charged with Common Law Nuiscance or Wasteful Employment of the Police?
Dai Muff
What does that even mean?
Dai Muff
If you don't like this poll, arrange your own. Don't just tell us what we think and expect us to believe you.
sipsip1238
Would've made a bit more of an impact if they jumped off somewhere else...
Unlike the unofficial referendum, here, they're REALLY breaking the law...
gds1941
Did they get paid to do that?
mymak
Just go back to your pre-90s Eastern European fantasies. The CCP and its shoe shiners have simply failed to modernise. Modernise their propaganda to reflect that they are trying to communicate with an open and transparent society where information is freely available. They have been using the same strategy and using the same propaganda on our brother and sister patriots across the border under controlled conditions since 1949. The CCP has simply not progressed beyond painting all foreigners as evil saboteurs of the PRC. Anything doesn't go the CCP's way and it is a conspiracy of - choose one or more - USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam (so funny this one), Indonesia, Kenya, Russia (you guys remember the revisionism debate & the continued 50 year fall out), EU in general, UN, Taiwan, N Korea (yep thats right they are firing missiles to show how upset they are with your boss), India, etc, etc. And how did the CCP gain control of China? Was it through flowers and doves? No it was through war. Guns and Bombs. Other countries that could be included in the above list include: Tibet. Stick to jumping in the harbour and save the thinking for those with the freedom to evolve.

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