Radicals' poll challenge to Democrats
Infighting in the pan-democratic camp intensified yesterday as the radical party People Power declared it would field as many as 30 candidates in direct opposition to the Democratic Party in the upcoming District Council elections.
Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man, a core People Power member, said the strategy was designed to root out the Democratic Party and the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, or what he described as 'pseudo-democrats', whose democratic credentials, he claimed, were flawed. People Power's biggest targets are Kowloon West and New Territories West, because it has an established power base in those places.
One key battle could be between People Power's Albert Chan Wai-yip and Democratic Party-leader Albert Ho Chun-yan in Tuen Mun.
It is already being billed as the 'Albert versus Albert' battle.
Emily Lau Wai-hing, Democratic Party vice-chairwoman, said she was unconcerned. 'We are completely different parties,' she said.
'We're completely apart. Democratic Party members oppose violence and the use of foul language. We don't work together.'
She described the similar voting stances of the two groups in the Legislative Council as a 'mere coincidence'. Lau did not comment on the possibility of a split vote.
Wong declined to predict how well his group would do.
But he said that People Power's main focus of attention was still battling Beijing loyalists.
One of his main targets is independent Dr Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who opposed him on the vexed issue of scrapping by-elections.