Volunteers showed up at the central government offices in Admiralty on Tuesday to clean up the clutter left behind by anti-extradition bill protesters who occupied the Legislative Council on Monday.
Helmets, bottles, umbrellas and other supplies were seen the grounds of the protest zone outside the Legco public entrance and some were scattered on the sides of the Legislative Council Road, Lung Wo Road and Harcourt Road, which were the main protest sites. Rubbish had also been piled up around the bins next to the protest zone. A few broken eggs are found on the ground outside the carpark entrance of the council complex.
Since Tuesday morning, street cleaners had begun the clean-up progress. They were joined by volunteers who wanted to help tidy up the disarray and move the usable supplies left behind by protesters to a centralised supplies booth. Some arrived at the scene as early as 6 am.
Among the volunteers was Jenny Woo, who was cleaning up a first aid booth on Legislative Council Road at 1pm. She said the clean-up work was self-initiated, and she had been trying to mobilise more friends to join her.
“I know that other people are exhausted, I don’t feel so well either, but I really do care about recycling,” said Woo.
Woo went on to say that the protesters, who were dispersed by police at midnight on Monday, had no choice but to leave their supplies behind. Instead of letting the materials go to waste, Woo said she wants to redistribute them to those in need.
“We have to come back and clean up, we have to set a good example,” she said. “I’m going to stay until we have tried to clean every spot.”