Doomed Queen's Pier became centre stage yesterday for people from all walks of life, including domestic helpers, to express their distress and outrage in a last-ditch effort to save the historic site. The public forum was filled with music and a mix of opposing views, which was in stark contrast to the government viewpoints dominating RTHK's City Forum TV programme, which was held about two hours earlier and broadcast live from Queen's Pier. Some went to the extreme measure of spilling their own blood. Under the strict supervision of former medical sector legislator Lo Wing-lok, 10 activists and volunteers helped write a banner, saying 'Do not make another mistake', in their blood. 'With our blood, we are expressing our helplessness,' said activist Auyeung Tung. Members of Local Action Group, wearing colourful crowns on their heads, started the public forum at the pier by singing Do You Hear the People Sing? - symbolising the voice of the people. People also performed a song, calling for the preservation of local collective memories for the next generation, to welcome the arrival of Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who had a police escort. Not everyone at the public forum were activists. Students and teachers from universities, residents affected by redevelopment projects at Wan Chai and Tsuen Wan, including a 93-year-old woman named Mrs Yung, gathered at the pier to hear Mrs Lam's views. 'Although the alternative option costs more, it will dismiss the public discontent,' said a resident from Lee Tung Street, also known as Wedding Card Street, which will be torn down by the Urban Renewal Authority. 'The pier is a place for tai chi in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, dates for lovers and boat trips at weekends,' said Ms Szeto, a university teacher. 'If the government kills the pier, it kills our public space and our dignity.' 'We sing here every Sunday, but we were never consulted,' said Mr Ray, a representative for Philippine domestic workers. 'We are working here to make your people work, let our voice be heard,' he said, urging people to speak up to save the pier. A senior harbour pilot, Captain Yeung man-chor, who started his career in the 1970s, said he had an emotional link to the pier - having seen many passengers board boats hundreds of times in the past 30 years. While some people spoke up at the forum, others chose to appeal to the God of the Sea by burning incense and red candles by the pier.