It has now been over six full months since Local Action started the movement to save Queen’s Pier. We have also kept our watch at the Pier continuously for over three months, since we initiated a 24-hour round-the-clock guard in situ on 26 April. During all this time, not one Government official has come to see any of us at the Pier. All the decisions about removing the Pier have been made in the office, and the only representatives of Government who do come to see us regularly, to watch over us closely and keep an eye on our protest moves, have been none other than the police.
The new Secretary for Development Mrs Carrie Lam’s upcoming visit to the Queen’s Pier and meeting with the civil society representatives right before her Bureau staff start tearing down the place is a remarkable move by Government, for its blatant gestures in public relations. To render them ineffective, the only way is for all the people of Hong Kong who feel distressed, angry and desperate about what is happening to our heritage and our history in the face of uncontrolled development to turn up this Sunday, 29 July, at 2 pm at Queen’s Pier to show and explain clearly to our Government our distress, our anger and our desperation.
Date: 29 July 2007 (Sunday)
1:45 – 2:00 pm Ritual by Local Action
2:15 – 4:30 pm Forum
Key Guest Speakers:
1. Ms CHENG Man-wah, Patsy (Representative of Heritage Watch, Director of SEE Network)
2. Mr CHU Hoi-dick (Member of Local Action)
3. Mr Freddie HAI (Member of Professional Concern Group on the Conservation of the Queen’s Pier Heritage)
4. Ms Y Y PONG (Former Vice President, Hong KongInstitute of Planners)
5. Mrs Carrie LAM (Secretary for Development)