(Eng. version below)
Around 7 pm last evening, about 500 angry HK citizens, displaying banners such as “No to Bad-quality Culture; Give me Back Star Ferry Pier”, chased away a group of street performers, new immigrants from China, from the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui. They danced there and sang Putonghua songs noisily (over 90 decibels) in a style deemed by most educated persons as gross. Some of them make USD 2000 a month in this way by accepting tips from their elderly fans. At the scene, Wayne Chan Ka-kui from Student Independence Union, organizer of the drive-away action, explained to the police officers at the scene that these performers committed such crimes as illegal begging, hawking without a licence, making annoying noises in public (over 90 decibels), obstruction of public places and outraging public decency. The police officers were insisted by the protesters to enforce the law. Instead of arresting the unlawful performers, the police protected them and gave three of them a lift in a police van. Many Hongkongers view this kind of low-quality and boisterous performances in public by new immigrants from China as cultural invasion. The incident last evening may remind Westerners of the burqa ban in Denmark which came into force on August 1, aiming at protecting Danish culture from being invaded by Islamic culture of new immigrants from the Middle East. It may also remind American of California, the streets of which are now filled with excrements and syringes, thanks to the State governor’s sanctuary policy towards millions of illegal immigrants. When federal officials come to deport illegal immigrants, the governor would even tip the illegal immigrants off！
The new-immigrant performers moved from Mongkok to Tsim Sha Tsui when the HK Government banned street performances in the pedestrian zone of Mongkok on August 4. They sing Putonghua songs excessively noisily on the streets and their performances are deemed by most musicians and educated Hongkongers as bad taste. These performers, mostly middle-age women dressed somewhat sexily, regularly accept tip-money from their audience, mostly elderly people. And they are often seen to have bodily contacts with each other. It is said that Ling Ling, one of such performers, makes around 2000 thousand US per month.
The drive-away action was organized by Student Independence Union. At the scene, Wayne Chan Ka-kui, spokesman of the Union, explained to the police, the performers and the press that this kind of performance committed the following offences, hawking without a licence (Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance Cap. 132, section 83B), Noise Control Ordinance (Cap. 400, section 5), outraging public decency (under Common Law), Obstruction of public places (Summary Offences Ordinance Cap. 228, 4A), Begging alms in public places (Summary Offences Ordinance Cap. 228, 26A). Wayne Chan and the other protesters insisted that the police officers at the scene enforce the law and arrest the unlawful performers. The performers poured vulgar abuses on the protesters, who, however, pressed on. Instead of arresting the performers, the police officers protected them and gave them a lift in a police van around 7:35 pm.
Cover photo credit: James Chan
Photo II Credit: SocRec
Photo III Credit: Student Independence Union