Abode seekers' parents threaten to jump; long delays Abode seekers' parents who climbed onto the roof of a footbridge and threatened to jump down disrupted traffic in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay during last night's rush hour. The four climbed onto a footbridge at the junction of Hennessy Road and Arsenal Street in Wan Chai at about 4.15pm. Police negotiators and firemen were called in when the men refused to come down. Two of the four finally agreed to do so at about 9pm and another at about 11pm. The remaining protester came down at 11.50pm. The four were arrested for obstructing public order, and were detained for questioning. A man who tried to break through a police cordon and allegedly assaulted a police officer was arrested. One of the banners the four unfurled demanded that Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong step down. Another bore the words: 'Return justice to our children.' Traffic heading to Central was backed up for about 1km along Hennessy Road and another queue formed between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay along Gloucester Road as firemen placed an inflated cushion under the bridge, fearing the four men would jump. A section of Hennessy Road was closed to traffic and the Transport Department rerouted 12 bus services and appealed to workers travelling home to take the MTR. Traffic police diverted vehicles from Hennessy Road to Gloucester Road and Queens Road East. The four men were among about 60 abode seekers' parents who took to the streets calling for the government to grant their mainland-born children right of abode in Hong Kong, police said. Others had mixed feelings over the bridge demonstrators. One elderly protester said: 'I support them because we have the same aim: to fight for the right of abode in the city for our [mainland] children. It's reasonable.' Another protester, an elderly woman, broke into tears, urging all demonstrators to calm down. A government statement last night said it had met parents of the abode seekers many times to state 'explicitly' its policy and stand in handling abode cases. It added that a meeting could be arranged with them if they wished. A January 1999 Court of Final Appeal ruling granted right of abode to Chinese citizens born outside the city if one parent was a permanent Hong Kong resident. But former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa asked the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to reinterpret the Basic Law. It ruled those born before their parents acquired residency were not entitled to abode.