Sing Tao sues trio over debate protest

Friday, June 05, 2015

Sing Tao News Corporation is seeking HK$1.57 million as compensation against three radical protesters, including legislator “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, who disrupted the grand final of its annual school debating competition.

As well as Leung, People Power members Mandy Tam Heung-man and “Fast Beat” Tam Tak-chi have been named in the writ, filed in the High Court on Wednesday.

Sing Tao is also seeking an injunction barring the trio from future events organized by the company.

The trio were among a group of protesters who stormed Queen Elizabeth Stadium, chanting slogans and hurling paper at guests, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, on May 15.

Between 7.45pm and 8.22pm, the writ alleged that Leung and Tam Tak-chi used a megaphone to broadcast slogans, which others would echo.

Tam also allegedly hurled paper balls to where the officials of the event were sitting.

Meanwhile, Mandy Tam allegedly approached Lam with an open yellow umbrella while the chief secretary was about to deliver a speech and presented her with a protest letter. She also engaged in shouting, yelling and chanting.

The trio allegedly caused a nuisance, disturbance and disruption of the event.

Because of the trio’s interruption, Lam was unable to deliver her speech. Comments of the judges were also seriously interrupted and became inaudible because of the alleged nuisance.

Sing Tao, publisher of Sing Tao Daily and The Standard, is claiming against the trio for manpower cost of more than HK$1.5 million in the preparation, promotion and production and an out-of-pocket expense of HK$75,000.

For the past 30 years, the Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition has been held in conjunction with the Education Bureau and is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research. STAFF REPORTER

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