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People Power radicals disrupt Democratic Party’s Occupy Central event

Democrats accuse People Power members of ‘fascist’ tactics as scuffles break out at party’s vow of support for civil disobedience campaign

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 February, 2014, 6:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 February, 2014, 4:34am

The rift in the pro-democracy camp has widened, with Democrats accusing members of the radical People Power group of a "fascist" disruption of an event yesterday intended to support the Occupy Central movement.

Organisers of the civil disobedience movement said members of a group calling itself "Supporters of Occupy Central", which included People Power members, had nothing to do with them.

Another talking point was the no-show of the founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee Chu-ming, at the event in Statue Square, Central.

Party members took an oath promising to join the campaign to block the financial centre in July if the government fails to deliver an acceptable method to elect the chief executive in 2017.

Their oath was greeted with waves of slogans from 30 protesters who accused them of betraying Hongkongers by not pledging to demand public nomination of candidates.

Scuffles broke out soon after, during which party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing and former chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan were hit on the head with various objects, including a clothes hanger. They were not injured and there were no arrests.

Shouting back amid the yelling, Lau said: "We warn the Chinese Communist [Party] not to go on the offensive like this."

Ho said: "There are many people who want to destroy Occupy Central. People opposed to Occupy Central and to democracy must be happy to see what happened today."

Ho said the party would not succumb to such "intimidating, threatening, uncivilised and fascist" behaviour. He did not promise to list public nomination as a prerequisite but said the bottom line was an absence of screening of candidates.

Ho was followed and booed by about 10 protesters when he walked back to his office in Des Voeux Road under police escort.

Martin Lee said he disagreed with the party's strategy.

"Public nomination is the most widely representative mode. There is no reason for it to be said to be an non-binding option," he said.

But Lee said he supported the oath-taking, although he was absent because he had another commitment.

Occupy co-organiser Dr Chan Kin-man, a sociologist at Chinese University, said he had wanted his movement to reintegrate the various fractions in the pan-democratic camp.

"Society wants more co-ordination between the radical and moderate sides," he said.

Political scientist Professor Ma Ngok said the more the pan-democratic camp turned on itself, the more likely Beijing would belittle the opposition.

"The problem with the protest is that it further weakens the influence of Occupy Central [so for Beijing]… the less pressure it feels," Ma said.

Additional reporting by Jeffie Lam

 

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realestate
The PRC cannot rule China or HK with an iron hand anymore, times have changed. It will stand to gain more by being flexible and letting the people of HK choose the next CE.What possible damage this can cause when most decisions are still taken by the masters in Bejing anyways?
blue
"The 2010 package was rubbish because it has not do away with the Functional Constituency. Civic nomination is the way to go because it is the way that fulfulls the equality in rights to nominate, vote and stand for election. Pragmatism is just another way to say "kowtow to Beijing to protect your vested interest"."

Mature adults compromise rather than confront. Many (but not all) pan-democrats do not compromise; they only confront. Also your comment about pragmatism shows how small minded you really are. Pragmatism is an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.

Public nomination isn't going to happen. It is of dubious legality. Even in democracies like the USA, there's never been a successfully elected US president that was nominated via public nomination.

Also I'm not trying to protect any vested interests by advocating directly elected lawmakers and district councilors to the NC. It is a practical solution that is more likely to be successfully implemented than public nomination. Furthermore, the whole point of it is to guarantee pan-democratic CE candidates. That doesn't seem enough to you, because you are dogmatic.

Thankfully we still have people in both the Democratic Party and Civic Party who are willing to be pragmatic and find a practical solution that would give us a form of universal suffrage that'll meet international standards, and won't screen anybody out.
blue
"Serves the Democrats right - if they had not vote for the package in 2010, if they had supported the "Five District de-facto referundum", CE CY Leung would not be sitting here."

These are some really big assumptions. Also the 2010 package was acceptable. It added 10 directly elected seats, making the Legco modestly more democratic.

Public nomination isn't happening. The closest thing we could possibly have would be a form of public recommendation, where the public can recommend candidates for the NC to nominate. Even now some pan-dems admit that the NC has substantive nominating power.

The most pragmatic solution is allowing all directly elected lawmakers and district councilors into the NC! That would bring in a significant number of people who represent the voting public.
yellow_lynx_cat
The 2010 package was rubbish because it has not do away with the Functional Constituency. Civic nomination is the way to go because it is the way that fulfulls the equality in rights to nominate, vote and stand for election. Pragmatism is just another way to say "kowtow to Beijing to protect your vested interest".
yellow_lynx_cat
Serves the Democrats right - if they had not vote for the package in 2010, if they had supported the "Five District de-facto referundum", CE CY Leung would not be sitting here.
Kubrick
Emily LAU this morning on radio 3 was complaining about intimidation and threats, then in the next breath stated "If the government does not give us what we want, we will bring Central to a standstill." Her hypocrisy is stunning.
ngsw
Still many HKers believe this is democracy.
yellow_lynx_cat
Of course this is not democracy, but this is what democracy will allow and protect.
sinohog
It saddens me seeing these kind of protests happening in Hong Kong. I would advise Westerners to steer clear of them as observing them is only going to give the violent types what they want: attention.
yellow_lynx_cat
This kind of protest is commonplace even in western democracies. Tony Blair got hit by some flour bag, the Prime Minister of Canada got a pie in his face, Ma Ying Jiou of Republic of China had to dry clean his suit because an egg landed on it.

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