Hong Kong – 26 August, 2010 : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, attended a ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square to grieve for the 8 Hong Kong citizens (Leung Song-yi, Jessie 梁頌儀, Leung Chung-see, Doris 梁頌詩, Tse Ting-cheunn, Masa 謝廷駿, Fu Cheuk-yan 傅卓仁, Yeung Yee-wa 楊綺華 ,Yeung Yee-kam 楊綺琴, Wong Tze-lam 汪子林 and Leung Kam-wing, Ken 梁錦榮) killed in a hostage incident in Manila.
Joined by members of the public, Mr Tsang led the principal officials in attending a flag-raising and a flag half-mast ceremony, and then observing three minutes of silence to mourn for the hostage victims.
Also attending the ceremony were the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr Li Gang; the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR, Mr Lu Xinhua; and the Vice Political Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army Garrison Troops, Mr Rao Xinjian.
Following the advice of the State Council, the national flags displayed at all HKSAR Government offices and Central People’s Government offices in the HKSAR are flown at half-mast today.
HKSAR flags at all HKSAR Government offices are flown at half-mast between 24 August and 26 as a token of mourning for the hostage victims.
The Manila hostage crisis occurred when a dismissed Philippine National Police officer took over a tour bus in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines on 23 August, 2010. Disgruntled former senior inspector Rolando Mendoza, from the Manila Police District (MPD) hijacked a tour bus carrying 25 tourists from Hong Kong in an attempt to get his job back. As a result of the ten-hour siege, the ensuing shootout, and a botched rescue attempt by MPD watched by millions on live television news, 8 of the hostages and Mendoza died and 9 other people were injured.
Place: Golden Bauhinia Square, WanChai, Hong Kong
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm 4.0L
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