Hundreds of people seeking right of abode vowed to keep fighting despite yesterday's landmark defeat in the Court of First Instance. Mr Justice Frank Stock ruled that more than 5,000 migrants cannot benefit from rights established in two landmark Court of Final Appeal rulings in January last year. Instead they must be governed by Beijing's controversial reinterpretation of the Basic Law, which reversed the judgments. After being barred from the courtroom to hear yesterday's ruling, more than 400 queued outside the High Court, desperate to obtain a copy of the judgment, which they read with disbelief. After learning the verdict, Poon Bin, who came to Hong Kong illegally in 1996 to take care of her 62-year-old father, said: 'I am furious, I am shocked. The Government is so unfair. He is so old and weak now. I am the only one here. My two sisters and mother are all living on the mainland. I just want to stay to help my father. Even the Vietnamese boat people got given ID cards, but we children of Hong Kong residents still cannot obtain one.' Fellow abode-seeker Sze Kwan-lung, 22, involved in a violent protest outside the Central Government Offices in December last year, said he supported continuing the fight but wanted the battle to end soon. 'For the sake of all of us, the appeal must go on. It is just and righteous. But I just want it to be over as soon as possible. I don't think that I can hang on,' he said. Mr Sze said he had left the mainland in 1998 and his family, financial situation and age would not allow him to stay in Hong Kong indefinitely without resident status. 'Now that I no longer live with my family, I don't want to be a burden to them any more,' he said, adding that his mother was living with his sisters. He is the only one in his family without a Hong Kong ID card. Solicitor Pam Baker, who represented the claimants, said that everyone had lost. 'There must be a lot of very disappointed people here.' The abode-seekers will stage a protest in Victoria Park this afternoon.