Disruptive protests put innocent citizens at risk and alienated visitors to city

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, 12:00am


Rowdy protests were held on July 1 with defiant protesters blocking main roads in parts of Central [following the main march]. Scuffles broke out between the police and the demonstrators.

I was very disappointed by what happened and by the fact that some lawmakers were involved in these actions.

They claimed they had no choice as they needed to get the government to listen to them. I cannot agree with this argument.

These people had no right to hold such demonstrations that infringed the rights of other Hong Kong citizens and also compromised their safety.

Sitting or lying down in the middle of a road where there is traffic can pose a risk to approaching drivers.

This was a public holiday. Many people were returning home in their cars after their day out. Why did the activists give no consideration to the inconvenience they were causing?

What happened was not only disruptive for Hongkongers, it would also have created a bad impression with those tourists who found that they were unable to return to their hotels because the route was blocked.

The protesters also neglected their own safety. They refused to move out of the way of traffic when asked to do so by police.

Did they assume that officers would ensure they were protected while sitting on the road?

I am also concerned that this form of disruptive protest is gaining popularity with some young people and this could have a far-reaching impact on our society.

Some activists claimed that this radical demonstration was one of the main reasons for the government delaying its decision to present its law banning by-elections before the Legislative Council. They seemed to suggest that this gave their actions some legitimacy.

However, there can be no doubt that most Hongkongers are opposed to such antics.

What would happen if most citizens took to the streets in this violent manner and what sort of effect will it have on the younger generation?

Hong Kong people should be trying to work together to maintain a peaceful and harmonious society. The government will hear our voice if enough people make their opinions known, but they should not behave recklessly.

Nancy Leung, Sha Tin