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Scuffle at public forum delivers knockout blow

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 July, 2013, 4:34am

A public forum on political reform descended into chaos yesterday, with punches thrown and a student taken to hospital after members of a pro-Beijing group clashed with pan-democrats.

The forum, "Everything starts with universal suffrage", turned ugly soon after it began at 3pm, when a heated exchange erupted between guest speakers Joshua Wong Chi-fung, of student-led group Scholarism, and Chan Ching-sum, of pro-government group Caring Hong Kong Power. The event in Cheung Sha Wan was organised by the Association of Young Commentators.

Off the stage, supporters of the two sides were busy with verbal exchanges of their own over the proposed Occupy Central campaign, which is pressing for full democracy.

The situation escalated during the question-and-answer session, when a scuffle broke out between members of Caring Hong Kong Power and those of radical pan-democrat group People Power.

Scholarism member Oscar Lai Man-lok, 19, was taken to hospital after being kicked in the fracas. Police are looking for his attacker, a man thought to be aged 30 to 40. They were called to the scene to handle an assault case at about 5pm. No arrests were made.

One of the forum hosts, Dominic Lee Tsz-king, said he saw a Caring Hong Kong Power supporter kicking Lai. He added that he had been punched in the head himself several times.

With the forum in complete disarray, the organiser was forced to cut short the two-hour event by 30 minutes. Holden Chow Ho-ding, chairman of the association and the Young DAB, said he was disappointed and blamed Caring Hong Kong Power for the disorder, saying its members had not respected the forum rules.

Before the forum ended, guest speaker Dr Chan Kin-man, an Occupy Central organiser and Chinese University associate professor, said the "sieve theory" put forward by central government liaison office director Zhang Xiaoming would have no chance of being passed in the legislature and would end up fuelling conflict in society. Zhang last week used a sieve as a metaphor to push for a screening system in the selection process for the 2017 chief executive poll.

Chan Ching-sum, meanwhile, accused Occupy Central of holding a knife to Beijing's throat.


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Hey, don't make such disparaging comments about dogs!
Taiwan style democracy is booming in Hong Kong..... will love to see long hair and tam yiu chung KO eachother.
This only proves that Hong Kong is not ready for democracy. This also reminds me of the present chaotic Egypt.
When groups of uneducated und uncivilised people meet, no better result will come out of it.
I watched the forum and must say it was no discussion taken place. Only insults, accusations and quarrels. No base of information exchange, bringing forward ideas and point of view what so ever. HK has a long way to go as I doubt that this should taken place in HK's government once such people will be allowed into to rule HK. And just listen to this guy Joshua. What a naive and self righteous subject. But there is hope. He will one time be a grown up and may see things differently.
Hong Kong people are as low as dogs..............


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