The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) had previously banned the selling dry goods (non-flower) during the Lunar New Year’s Market at Victoria Park, and yesterday shut down and clear 2 market stalls of the League of Social Democrats (LSD) after they were deemed political and in breach of their lease.
LSD met with the FEHD yesterday afternoon. After unsuccessful attempts to negotiate, the department announced the unilateral termination of the contract. Avery Ng, Chairman of LSD, criticised that the FEHD did not listen to their reasoning. Unilateral termination of the contract is the suppression of the freedom of speech and political persecution of Hong Kong people. The FEHD stated that the company’s agreement was terminated for violating Article 1 of the Second Schedule of the Concession Agreement, which is unprecedented.
LSD leased two stalls for selling flowers at the Lunar New Year’s Market, and posted anti-extradition protests display boards for publicity. The FEHD believes that even the displays are unrelated to the purpose of selling flowers. The police brutality exhibits made visitors’ “enjoyment of the atmosphere of Chinese New Year reduced.” Avery Ng criticised that “the most loss is not about money, but the freedom of the Hong Kong people.” The Department did not listen to his reasoning and unilaterally terminated the contract and closed the stalls before the meeting. The approach was extremely unreasonable. “Inability to contain coronavirus but eager to do political persecution”. As a result, the LSD lost over $40,000.
At about 5 pm yesterday, more than a dozen FEHD staff and outsourced workers cleared the LSD’s 2 market stalls and removed banners with anti-extradition slogans, as well as political cartoons, by the famous political cartoonist Zunzi, which include chief executive Carrie Lam and Commisioner of Police PK Tang and President Xi Jinping.
Over 10 members of LSD including Avery , Leung Kwok Hung (Long Hair), and Tsang Kin-sing (Bull) went to the FEHD headquarters at Admiralty at 11 am to protest its “inability to contain coronavirus but eager to do political persecution”. The department sent a representative to receive the protest petition.