Hong Kong: French Spiderman scales skyscraper with banner urging peace amid turmoil

The banner unfurled showed two shaking hands as well as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags. Mass political protests have been accompanied by violent clashes with police in Hong Kong.

Alain Robert said that his stunt at the 68-storey Cheung Kong Center was an “urgent appeal for peace”. (Photo: Twitter)

French climber Alain Robert scaled a skyscraper in Hong Kong to put up a banner urging for peace amid protests in the city.

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

The banner unfurled showed two shaking hands as well as the Hong Kong and Chinese flags.

Mass political protests have been accompanied by violent clashes with police in Hong Kong.

The 57-year-old climber, who is known for scaling tall buildings, said that his stunt at the 68-storey Cheung Kong Center was an “urgent appeal for peace”.

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

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

He has climbed buildings in Hong Kong before. Last year in August, Robert was banned by a city court from attempting any more climbs in Hong Kong for 365 days.

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

Hong Kong braced on Thursday for more mass demonstrations through the weekend, as China again warned against foreign interference in the city’s escalating crisis and as mainland paramilitary forces conducted exercises just across the border.

Western governments, including the United States, have stepped up calls for restraint, following ugly and chaotic scenes at the city’s airport this week, which forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights and saw protesters set upon two men they suspected of being government sympathisers.