20th December 2019 – (Hong Kong) The ongoing pro-democracy movement has mellowed down slightly in the past two weeks but netizens have again called upon protesters to participate in a new Christmas rally where they will gather at shopping malls and take to the streets. Netizens also demanded HSBC bank to offer an explanation as to why it closed a corporate account used by Spark Alliance after finding its activities did not commensurate with its original business purpose. Failing which, protesters vow to vandalise and destroy HSBC branches during Christmas and they will also urge others to terminate their HSBC bank accounts.
Police froze a HK$70m bank account belonging to Spark Alliance and arrested 4 suspects for money laundering offence yesterday. The crowdfunding funding platform operated by Spark Alliance was meant to provide support to arrested protesters in need. However, the perpetrators allegedly used the money to invest in personal insurance products.
The new ‘Sing with you during Christmas in 10 districts’ will commence from 7pm to 10pm on 24th December 2019. Protesters are expected to gather at Sha Tin, Yuen Long, Tseung Kwan O, TST, Mong Kok, Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong, Causeway Bay, Central, Tai Koo. They will go into the malls in these areas to protest and to participate in ‘Boycott shopping, destroy the economy’ movement.
On 25th and 26th December respectively, protesters will take part in a ‘Suck Christmas Trilogy’ movement at 1pm. They will first participate in streets rallies in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, TST, Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Yuen Long and Central. The organiser did not apply for police permit and protesters will be expected to ‘roam freely’ from 4pm to 12am on 25th and 26th December respectively, they will flood major malls in all 18 districts to encourage consumers to boycott Christmas shopping. Meanwhile, they will also distribute protest merchandise to children as Christmas presents.