Anson Chan runs into smear brigade
Anson Chan Fang On-sang was given a brief taste of smear politics yesterday as she was confronted by detractors during her march from Victoria Park to Admiralty.
The former chief secretary encountered a group of seven protesters carrying a banner querying her 'sudden desire for democracy', saying it was aimed at 'fishing for fame and compliments'.
Chanting slogans that repeated the banner's Chinese-language wording, the group followed Mrs Chan at the start of the protest in Victoria Park.
One of the protesters, who would only give his name as Mr Tsang, said they were not part of any political organisation and it was merely a coincidence that they ended up walking immediately behind Mrs Chan.
'In fact, we supported Mrs Chan when she first re-emerged in the limelight, but nothing she has done so far has been really productive, it's all a show,' he said.
Mrs Chan first took part in a march in December 2005, protesting over the lack of a timetable for universal suffrage.
She joined the July march last year, fuelling speculation that she would run for chief executive in March this year. Her later decision not to run disappointed many of her supporters.
Along with Johannes Chan Man-mun and Elizabeth Bosher, members of her Core Group, Mrs Chan had to wait in Victoria Park for almost an hour before she could set off, allowing members of the public to also offer her gifts and seek her autograph.
She was quick to dismiss any suggestion that her participation in the march was an attempt to undermine celebrations for the handover anniversary.
'I'm here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover,' she said. 'It is by going to a procession like this which is the best way to celebrate 'one country, two systems', our high degree of autonomy, and the civil rights that have been granted to us by the Basic Law.'
Mrs Chan broke off from the procession in Admiralty, wishing the new government team the best of luck for the coming five years.
'I hope next year, once we've already been shown a clear road map and timetable for universal suffrage, we will not need to come out and march on such a hot day,' she said.