Anti-Leung rally organisers warn of infiltrators
'Seeing what happened yesterday, we will ask marshals to look out for anyone sneaking into the crowd and creating chaos'
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Organisers of the January 1 protest march, which will demand Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s resignation, are worried that opponents may sneak into their peaceful ranks to provoke chaos, they said on Monday.
Their remarks, made on radio programmes, came a day after a cameraman was punched during a pro-government rally and a reporter suffered a minor injury near his right eye.
Another pro-government rally will be held near Tuesday’s protest demonstration,.
Icarus Wong Ho-yin, a vice-convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front – the organiser of the New Year’s Day march – said on Monday morning that the group would ask its marshals to stay alert.
“Seeing what happened yesterday, we will ask marshals to look out for anyone sneaking into the crowd and creating chaos. If an argument arises, [we hope our marshals] will move in as quickly as possible and appeal to everyone to stay apart and keep calm,” he told RTHK.
On a Commercial Radio programme, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said: “When the Communist Party of China comes to mess up Hong Kong, it must try to create chaos in our procession ranks. We should not be easily provoked.”
A similar call came from Jackie Hung Ling-yu, the convenor of Civil Human Rights Front, on the same radio show. She called on demonstrators to avoid being provoked by opponents and stay calm.
“If there is any chaos, it would mean a success for Leung Chun-ying,” Hung said. “He is now making use of some people to provoke others.”
A rival pro-Leung demonstration is also scheduled for Tuesday, organised by The Voice of Loving Hong Kong. It will rally at the Tamar Park Amphitheatre from 3pm to 8pm, while the anti-Leung protesters finishing their march will gather at the Tamar headquarters at night as well.
The convenor of the pro-Leung group, Patrick Ko Tat-pun, said on RTHK that its event would be conducted in a safe, orderly way, and media coverage will be welcomed.