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Fake spiderman caught

A trial date was set for a British man accused of causing a public nuisance by dressing up like Spider-Man and climbing atop a giant TV screen in central Hong Kong.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2005 14:43 IST

A trial date was set on Monday for a British man accused of causing a public nuisance by dressing up like Spider-Man and climbing atop a giant TV screen in central Hong Kong to protest Beijing's bloody crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

The trial for Matt Pearce will begin on February 20 in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts, his lawyer, Michael Vidler, said. Pearce, an English teacher from Bristol, England, blocked traffic for about an hour in Hong Kong's bustling central district on June 3 one day before the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

He scaled a massive LED screen, which broadcasts news and advertisements, dressed like a worker with a yellow hardhat. Then he unfurled a banner that said, “Tiananmen Square 4.6.1989 Justice Must Prevail,” stripped off his work clothes and displayed the Spider-Man costume he was wearing underneath.

Pearce, who lives in Hong Kong, has said he dressed up like the comic book hero because Spider-Man fights for justice. The 30-year-old man chatted on a mobile phone and ate a takeout Chinese lunch as a huge crowd gathered below, and firefighters blocked off the road and inflated a huge cushion to protect Pearce if he fell.

First Published: Nov 08, 2005 14:43 IST