French Spiderman hoists up ‘peace banner’

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  • Saturday, 17 Aug 2019

Friendly flag: Robert unfurling the ‘peace banner’ after climbing the Cheung Kong Centre building in Hong Kong, China. — Reuters

Hong Kong: Daredevil Alain Robert – dubbed the ‘French Spiderman’ – climbed a Hong Kong skyscraper and unfurled a “peace banner” as the financial hub is rocked by historic political unrest.

The 57-year-old adventurer, who specialises in unsanctioned ascents of tall buildings, shimmied up the 68-storey Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong’s main business district in hot and humid conditions yesterday morning.

During the climb he attached a banner featuring the Hong Kong and Chinese flags, as well as two hands shaking.

Prior to the ascent Robert put out a statement saying the message of his climb was to make “an urgent appeal for peace and consultation between Hong Kong people and their government”.

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

Robert has regularly come to Hong Kong to scale buildings in a city that boasts the highest concentration of skyscrapers in the world.

He has climbed the Cheung Kong Center twice before.

Last August he was banned by a Hong Kong court from making any more climbs after he was charged over a 2011 illegal ascent of the 27-floor Hang Seng Bank building.

However, he vowed to return to Hong Kong as soon as the ban expired.

In January he was arrested after climbing a 47-storey tower in Manila. — AFP

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