Protest due in territory

A NEW ZEALAND-BORN mother of four is organising a protest march in Hong Kong against the French tests.

The march, planned for July 10, is to start at the Star Ferry pier in Central, and proceed to the French Consulate at the Admiralty Centre, where a petition will be handed to the Consul.

'I am organising this march on my own,' said 40-year-old Julie Davey who has lived in Hong Kong for three years.

She said local groups, such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpower, had been very helpful.

And she hopes she will receive permission to hold the march within the next few days.

'We want Chinese people, Filipino people . . . people of all nationalities behind us,' she said. 'I just want to involve everyone all across the board.' And she is advocating a boycott of French produce as a further act of protest.

Ms Davey said that locals were not well enough informed on nuclear issues, adding that although Mururoa Atoll might seem far away from Hong Kong, the Daya Bay nuclear plant was just 'on our doorstep'.