A mass march staged by pro-democracy supporters has been going on since Sept. 26 in Hong Kong. The protestors have halted traffic—and have faced tear gas and pepper spray from police—in their demand for free elections in Hong Kong and authentic democratic reform.
Last night, four traders from NY-based BGC Partners Inc. turned up at the protest to grill more than 2,000 ($2,600 worth) of sausages for the hungry protestors (who are mostly students). The bankers grilled sausages late into the night to keep them going, reports Bloomberg.
Tonight, they plan to return with four more colleagues and grill even more sausages. Daniel Shepherd, the firm’s head of Asia derivatives, told Bloomberg,
[pullquote]“It was pretty much all kids sitting around, eating whatever they were given: crackers, bananas. And some of the kids are there three days already. After the Sept. 11 event, we’ve learned how to help people who are in difficulties. We will try to do as much as we can [for the Hong Kong protesters].”[/pullquote]
BGC’s partner Cantor Fitzgerald suffered the biggest loss of life of any Wall Street firm in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, losing more than 60% of its 960 employees.
Why sausages? “Sausage is easy and relatively cheap,” Shepherd told Bloomberg.
Looks like the protests have turned into a regular old night market. The fishballs and crepe carts can’t be far behind.