根據讀者提供之名單，是次活動共有來自 106 間金融組織的參與者響應，包括中國銀行（香港）、匯豐銀行、證監會等。今（2）日，活動召集人透露現已有 1079 位金融從業員以職員證表達訴求，並願意加入 8 月 5 日的全港大罷工活動。據統計，過去 3 日的快閃活動已有 940 名金融界人士參與。
[Hong Kong, Aug 1, 2019] Hong Kong workers from Financial, Banking and Insurance sectors have kicked off the Hong Kong 805 General Strike with a flashmob in Central. It was the first of many events of a larger territory-wide strike, the latest tactic to urge the Hong Kong SAR Government to respond to appeals of the public for the anti-extradition bill democratic movement, amid massive protest marches, bloody clashes and white-clad triad attacks.
Participants were seen holding umbrellas, flooding Chater Garden on a rainy evening, chanting “Hong Kongers, add oil!”, a chant that frequents the city’s massive protest marches for the past two months. The participants were strangers who got connected online, not affiliated to any organizations, unions or political parties. They would like to show up for fellow financiers and bankers, who might be feeling isolated and alone at workplaces for joining the strike. The strike participants estimated that 4300 citizens have shown up for the flashmob.
It is the first event kicking off a territory-wide general strike, once again to urge Chief Executive Carrie Lam to respond to the two million people marching on the streets demanding the withdrawal of a controversial extradition amendment bill, which removes the juridical firewall between semi-autonomous territory and China. One participant say they have received 769 signatories across 79 banks and financial institutions in participating the strike. They fear that the Government’s neglect of the people would bring “turmoil in Hong Kong’s financial markets and irreparable damage to Hong Kong’s reputation as global financial hub”. A joint statement across 22 different industries has been released for the strike, with more rallies and events planned throughout Hong Kong.
According to the list from the audiences, there are participants from 106 different financial, banking and insurance organizations including but not limited to Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, HSBC and Securities and Futures Commission. Today (2 August), event holder disclosed that there are now 1,079 practitioners involved to express their appeals and willing to participate in the strike on 5 August with real-named registration. From statistics, there are already 940 practitioners shown up for the flashmob in the last 3 days.
Text by Fortune Insight