Mask wearing protestor causes traffic chaos

August 8th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, Aug 8 (DPA) A man wearing a mask of a horse’s head was arrested here Friday after climbing on to part of a key road bridge and unfurling banners denouncing China’s human rights record ahead of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Matt Pearce, who also wore a white t-shirt with the five Olympic rings and carrying a guitar, clambered onto an overhead sign gantry on the Tsing Ma bridge, the only road connection to Hong Kong International Airport to hang the banners.

One read: “The people of China want freedom from oppression” and the other said: “We want human rights and democracy”.

Pearce, a Briton and long time Hong Kong resident, was arrested by police at about lunchtime.

The hour-long protest caused traffic chaos after police closed the bridge. Chief transport officer Lee Man-ho, said there were traffic queues stretching several kilometres on both sides of the bridge.

Hong Kong is hosting the equestrian events which start Saturday for the Beijing Olympics.

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