A French climber often known as “Spiderman” has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and put up a banner urging peace within the metropolis rocked by political unrest.
Alain Robert unfurled a banner displaying a handshake and the flags of Hong Kong and China on Friday morning.
Hong Kong has seen months of anti-government protests which have generally led to violent clashes with police.
The 57-year-old, recognized for climbing tall buildings worldwide, mentioned his stunt was an “pressing attraction for peace”.
“Maybe what I do can decrease the temperature and perhaps elevate a smile. That is my hope anyway,” Mr Robert mentioned in a media assertion.
Mr Robert mentioned his message on the 68-storey Cheung Kong Middle was “an pressing attraction for peace and session between Hong Kong folks and their authorities”.
His stunt met with combined response on-line.
Australia-based Chinese language dissident artist Badiucao requested on Twitter: “Do you really need (to) shake arms with butchers and dictators?”
Skip Twitter put up by @badiucao
This flag reveals how ignorant and silly for some westerns understanding of Hong Kong and China.
cease normalising Beijing okay? Do u really need shake arms with butchers and dictators.
‘Spiderman’ scales Hong Kong skyscraper, unfurls ‘peace’ banner.
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) August 16, 2019
Mr Robert often does his stunts with out prior discover or permission.
He has additionally climbed buildings in Hong Kong on a number of earlier events, together with the Cheung Kong Middle.
Final August he was banned by a metropolis courtroom from trying any extra climbs in Hong Kong for 365 days, however it’s unclear if the ban has now expired.
Earlier this yr, he was arrested within the Philippines after climbing a 47-storey tower within the capital, Manila.
His previous feats together with climbing the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world’s tallest constructing, in addition to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Taipei 101 constructing in Taiwan, and the Heron constructing in London.
The Hong Kong protests began in April over plans for an extradition invoice that may have allowed felony suspects to be handed over to mainland China.
Critics warned that the invoice may undermine town’s authorized freedoms and may be used to silence dissidents.
The demonstrations have since taken on a a lot wider scope, with protesters now demanding full democratic rights for the Hong Kong’s residents and an unbiased inquiry into the police response to the protests.