Protesters demand boy’s deportation

HUNDREDS of localist activists protested on Monday to demand the deportation of a 12-year-old boy who has been living undocumented in Hong Kong for nine years.

Protesters, who marched from Causeway Bay (銅鑼灣) to the Immigration Department (入境事務處) offices in Wan Chai (灣仔), included members of Hong Kong Indigenous (香港本土力量) and Youngspiration (青年新政). They held placards saying “Protect the rule of law” and “Anti-illegal immigrants” while chanting “Go back to the mainland”.

But as the office was closed, the protesters plastered their declaration on the wall and sprayed pesticides before leaving.

A few protesters also answered online calls by Valiant Frontier (勇武前.) to complain at the Housing Authority’s (房屋委員會) office for Lee Hang House (利恆樓), Shun Lee Estate (順利.), where the boy, Siu Yau-wai (肖友懷), 12, and his grandmother Chow Siu-chuen (周紹璇 ), 67, lived until recently. The group, including Hong Kong Localism Power (香港本土力量) spokesman Jon Ho (何志光), left after chanting brief slogans.

Meanwhile, Federation of Trade Unions (工聯會) lawmaker Chan Yuen-han (陳婉嫻) admitted she may have overstepped the mark in providing help to the boy. But she has no regrets.

“My representing him could be considered as overstepping because he was hidden for nine years. He broke the law. But how that law-breaking act should be judged, I don’t know,” she said.

(The Standard, 26 May 2015)