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Ocean Park axes Halloween Fest over protest threat

2019-10-30 HKT 21:20
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  • Ocean Park has blamed social unrest and the possibility of protests for its decision to cancel the Halloween Fest. File photo: RTHK
    Ocean Park has blamed social unrest and the possibility of protests for its decision to cancel the Halloween Fest. File photo: RTHK
Ocean Park said it has cancelled its Halloween Fest planned for Thursday night, after accusations of censorship to remove references to the protests from one of its popular shows.

In a statement issued on Wednesday night to announce the cancellation, the park cited the current unrest, and the possibility of protests being held across Hong Kong Island.

Visitors holding tickets for the event have been asked to visit the park's website for refund information.

Managers of the amusement park have been accused on social media of adjusting the script of a Halloween show by taking out what they deem politically sensitive terms like "Hong Kong people, add oil", a popular chant of anti-government protesters.

Some crew members were reportedly angry about the change in the show's content and planned to launch a strike on Thursday to protest against the park's move.

Online online groups have also called for a mass boycott of the entertainment venue while others planned flash mob protests.

A back-up dancer told RTHK that she has heard about the alleged censorship from the amusement park's management, but isn't sure how many staff would heed the call to boycott the show.

The park's management said earlier on Wednesday that its shows and performances don't include any views on recent social events.

The park said it respects the opinions of performers and staff members regarding its programmes, and is pleased to listen to them.

"The Park reiterates that all entertainment shows and performances solely aim at providing the greatest fun to the visitors, which would not involve any stance or attitude of the park regarding any social events or issues," it added.
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Last updated: 2019-10-30 HKT 21:15