Anti-Occupy Central protester threatens to jump from bridge

Anti-Occupy Central protester threatens to jump from bridge

A man opposing the Occupy Central demonstrations in Hong Kong climbed to the steel scaffolding of a bridge, and threatened to jump near the central government offices in Admiralty this afternoon at around 1.30pm.

According to a report in South China Morning Post, he shouted and demanded to speak with the students leaders of the demonstrations.

He reportedly addressed those who gathered around the bridge with a megaphone, and said "Alex Chow, tell us when we can have our roads back!"

Alex Chow is the leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

The Straits Times reported that the man had wanted the road to be reopened so that his children could go to school.

Photos circulating on the Internet showed the man alternating between walking up and down the bridge, and sitting down to address his audience. 

Emergency services were also seen inflating and placing an airbag below the bridge as a safety precaution.

On the same day, Radio Television Hong Kong reported that another man threatened to set himself on fire outside Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying's office.

He demanded to speak with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who was tasked by Leung to handle negotiations with the student demonstrators.

The man was stopped and taken away by police officers after taking out a lighter.

minlee@sph.com.sg

 

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