Source Pravda.Ru

Former Disney employee threatens suicide atop Space Mountain attraction in Hong Kong

A former Disney worker climbed to top of the Hong Kong park's most popular attraction and threatened to slash his throat to protest his dismissal, a Disney spokeswoman and newspaper reports said Wednesday.

The 48-year-old man, a former security guard at the theme park, climbed to the top of the building housing the Space Mountain roller coaster on Tuesday and remained there for two hours, Hong Kong Disneyland spokeswoman Esther Wong said.

Photographs published in the Apple Daily newspaper showed the man sporting a white T-shirt with the words "blood," "reveal the truth" and "SOS" written in red paint. He was also shown placing a small penknife at his throat.

The man was unhappy that he was fired three months ago for allegedly violating park rules, including using obscene language during working hours, the paper said.

He climbed down unhurt after a two-hour negotiation with police and fire fighters, Wong confirmed.

A Hong Kong trade union has received about 60 complaints of alleged labor abuse including long hours and lack of rest time from Hong Kong Disneyland employees since the park opened last month.

But Labor Department spokesman Ricky Chan said Disney had not violated any labor laws.

Wong stressed that the park has already made labor-related improvements after discussions with unionists, reports the AP.

P.T.

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