Dozens of local residents and activists gathered outside outgoing district councillor Chris Chung Shu-kun‘s office on Monday night to “celebrate” his defeat in the latest district election.

Champagne bottles were opened, party poppers were set off and people sang a classic joyful Cantonese tune by pop singer Paula Tsui.


Posted by 全港市民熱烈慶祝treegun落選委員會 on Monday, November 23, 2015

Residents were happy to see Chung, who had been representing Yuen Wan in Eastern District for more than two decades, ousted in Sunday’s election.

“I have never seen him walk by in the past ten years,” a man at the rally told Apple Daily, “he only appears during elections.”

Police were called to the scene but no one was arrested.

Police were called to the scene. Photo: Memehk via Facebook.

A Facebook page was set up to organise the rally and the page had received over 12,000 likes as of Tuesday morning.

Chung, a pro-Beijing veteran politician nicknamed “Tree Gun” due to the Cantonese pronunciation of his name and his poor English, said the loss came as “a bit of a surprise” to him.

Residents in Yue Wan celebrate having a new district councillor. Photo: 全港市民熱烈慶祝treegun落選委員會 via Facebook.

He was defeated by first-time candidate Chui Chi-kin. Chui is one of eight such “Umbrella Soldiers”, representing a new type of political organisation after last year’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, to have won seats in this year’s District Council Elections.

好消息同壞消息都太多,畫唔哂,代表制啦。#斬樹除根 #串錯自己個名真係有D出師不利 #點票結果太多真係畫唔哂 #香港人要繼續努力 #注意衛生小心防鼠

Posted by Mr & Ms HK People on Sunday, November 22, 2015

A political cartoon featuring Chung as a tree being uprooted was liked nearly 5,000 times on Facebook.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.