Government, schools and Legco pay tribute The State Council's decision to declare a three-day mourning period from today will see the Hong Kong government and different sectors follow the national lead in mourning victims of the earthquake. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has pledged the government will take part in the mourning, and a spokesman for the administration said all government agencies and schools would fly flags at half mast for the three days. The Legislative Council would also fly flags at half mast for three days, a council spokesman said. Government broadcaster RTHK, which won more than 70 awards for its productions over the past year, last night decided to cancel celebrations scheduled for this afternoon. Tsang Sin-ming, assistant controller of external affairs for TVB, said normal programming would be halted today at 2.28pm - the time the quake struck - and the broadcaster would show the three-minute silence being observed in major cities around the country. A three-minute silence would also be held at TVB's Tseung Kwan O headquarters. The Tourism Commission said its Symphony of Lights laser display over the Victoria Harbour would be suspended tonight. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong chairman Tam Yiu-chung said the party was considering a large-scale mourning event, such as a candle-light vigil. Possible venues were the Hong Kong Stadium, Victoria Park or Chater Garden. 'A candle-light vigil may be an option to mourn for the dead and for people to pour out their grief,' he said. Suggestions such as condolence books for the public to express their feelings may also be considered. A spokesman for the Federation of Trade Unions said: 'We have asked our 225 member unions not to hold celebratory or festive activities during the period of national mourning.' He said the federation would meet to discuss if mourning activities would be staged. In the meantime, he said it would continue its fund-raising activities for quake victims. Alex Cheung Chi-hung, chairman of the Aided Primary School Heads' Council, said the local schools should respond to the central government's call for mourning to arouse students' sympathy for the victims. He said any formal decision would be made after discussions with council members today. Ho Hon-kuen, vice-chairman of the concern group Education Convergence, said local schools must respond to the mourning activities. The Estates' Restaurants (Hong Kong) Merchants Association said it would need further discussions with other members on whether there would be mourning activities. But any actions that affected members' commercial activities were unlikely. The University of Hong Kong said it would fly flags at half mast during the three-day mourning period. The Macau government said its agencies would fly flags at half mast during the mourning period. The city would also observe three minutes of silence at 2.28pm today.