Hong Kong extradition law: Man arrested for setting fire to Lennon wall in Aberdeen

Collages of artwork and notes created by anti-extradition bill protesters have been popping up across the city

Wong Tsui-kai |

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A Post-it note was burned, and another can be seen with smoke damage.

A Lennon Wall in the Southern District was set on fire on Thursday evening around 10pm. A man aged 46 had brought a lighter to the wall on Wu Nam Street in Aberdeen and set fire to one of the Post-it notes before being stopped by bystanders.

Police and the Fire Services Department were called to the scene. The man was arrested by the police on site and the case is being investigated as arson. There were no injuries caused by the incident. 

Colourful collages of Post-it notes were a landmark feature of the 2014 Occupy protests with a Lennon Wall next to a staircase at the city’s legislature in Admiralty.

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The original Lennon Wall was established in the 1980s in Prague, in the Czech Republic, and was covered with graffiti and lyrics inspired by the Beatles.

These walls have sprung up across many districts of Hong Kong, as citizens express their thoughts on the notes. They have led to conflict in some cases. Such as a man arrested for punching a unresisting volunteer at a wall in Kowloon Bay over a dozen times after midnight on Thursday.