French ‘Spiderman’ scales Hong Kong skyscraper with banner urging peace

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“French Spiderman” has a message for Hong Kong and China

A French climber, dubbed “Spiderman” has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and put up a banner urging peace in the city rocked by political unrest.

Alain Robert unfurled a banner showing two shaking hands as well as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags.

Hong Kong has seen months of mass political protests that have sometimes led to violent clashes with police.

The 57-year-old known for climbing tall buildings said his stunt was an “urgent appeal for peace”.

“Perhaps what I do can lower the temperature and maybe raise a smile. That’s my hope anyway,” Mr Robert said in a media statement.

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To pull off his stunt, he defied a ban to climb any more Hong Kong buildings

Mr Robert said his message at the 68-storey Cheung Kong Center was “an urgent appeal for peace and consultation between Hong Kong people and their government”.

Mr Robert usually does his stunts without prior notice or permission.

He has climbed buildings in Hong Kong before, even the Cheung Kong Center itself.

Last August he was banned by a city court from attempting any more climbs in Hong Kong for 365 days. It is unclear if the ban has now expired.

Earlier this year, he was arrested in the Philippines after climbing a 47-storey tower in the capital Manila.

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The Cheung Kong Center is right in the middle of downtown Hong Kong

The Hong Kong protests started in April against plans for an extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be handed over to China.

Critics were quick to warn the bill could undermine the city’s legal freedoms and might be used to silence dissidents.

The demonstrations have since taken on a much wider scope with protesters now demanding full democratic rights for the city’s citizens and an independent inquiry into police behaviour.

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