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Hong Kong: Support pours in for cafe owner targeted online for backing HK police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 21, 2019 at 16:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Support has poured in for owner of Ngan Lung Cafe, Li Hoi-wo, who became a target of online abuse after she put up a sign backing the Hong Kong police.

Speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Li noted, "some of my old customers came to me and said that they were disappointed, and that they don't support me any more because I support the police."

The restaurant owner said that her business "turned bad"; however, noting that after the initial backlash, some people had visited her restaurant to express their support, including police officers and residents of mainland China.

She added that "some police came to my restaurant to support me, then the mainlanders came here to support me."

Li noted that while protesters have not done any damage to her restaurant, they have criticised her on social media. She said, "they used some bad language, reported me to different government agencies, which came to me, saying that I employ illegal workers, and that there are hygiene issues with my food."

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and condemning government and police actions. The police have been accused of resorting to violence, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, to quell protesters.

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Support has poured in for owner of Ngan Lung Cafe, Li Hoi-wo, who became a target of online abuse after she put up a sign backing the Hong Kong police.

Speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Li noted, "some of my old customers came to me and said that they were disappointed, and that they don't support me any more because I support the police."

The restaurant owner said that her business "turned bad"; however, noting that after the initial backlash, some people had visited her restaurant to express their support, including police officers and residents of mainland China.

She added that "some police came to my restaurant to support me, then the mainlanders came here to support me."

Li noted that while protesters have not done any damage to her restaurant, they have criticised her on social media. She said, "they used some bad language, reported me to different government agencies, which came to me, saying that I employ illegal workers, and that there are hygiene issues with my food."

Hong Kong has seen a wave of massive protests since the end of March against a proposed law amendment which could allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials. The demonstrations then grew into a wider movement calling for reforms and condemning government and police actions. The police have been accused of resorting to violence, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, to quell protesters.

W/S Hong Kong residents passing by; outside of Ngan Lung Cafe, Hong Kong

M/S Fish decorations

W/S Fish decorations

W/S Owner of Ngan Lung Cafe Li Hoi-wo and customers at restaurant

M/S Li at restaurant

SOT, Li Hoi-wo, Owner of Ngan Lung Cafe (Cantonese): "Our restaurant is 51 years old. It was opened in 1968. I am the third generation."

M/S Pictures and posters on wall *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Li Hoi-wo, Owner of Ngan Lung Cafe (Cantonese): "On June 30, I attended an assembly and I took a banner reading, 'We support the HK [Hong Kong] police'. Those were really my words, so I put it up on the wall the next day. That was on July 1. Since then, my Facebook was hacked, and my friends told me that they couldn't see my Facebook. Later on, someone guessed maybe I put up, 'We support the HK police.'"

M/S Banner on wall reading: "We support HK police"

SOT, Li Hoi-wo, Owner of Ngan Lung Cafe (Cantonese): "To be frank, they [protesters] did nothing to my restaurant, but they criticised me on social media. They used some bad language, reported me to different government agencies, which came to me, saying that I employ illegal workers and that there are hygiene issues with my food."

W/S Banner on wall reading: "We support HK police"; customers

SOT, Li Hoi-wo, Owner of Ngan Lung Cafe (Cantonese): "Some of my old customers came to me and said that they were disappointed, and that they don't support me anymore because I support the police. My business turned bad at the beginning, but then some police came to my restaurant to support me, then the mainlanders came here to support me."

M/S Li working at restaurant

C/U Li working at restaurant

M/S Li working at restaurant

W/S Li posing for picture with a supporter; customers

M/S Li and supporter

M/S Li posing for picture with supporters

C/U Sign reading: "Sorry, the food is sold out. Thank you for the support."

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