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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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chuchu59
From what I read this may not have anything to do with the communists. Its the radicals vs the conservatives within those vouching for democracy.
Kubrick
The Democrats have failed in the past to condemn the intimidating and threatening behavior of their own members, affiliates and members of the pro-dem camp. I don't recall them ever condemning 'Long Hair' or Albert CHAN. In fact, they gave tacit approval by their silence . What happened today was wrong and unacceptable, nonetheless Emily LAU must ask herself why she failed to condemn attacks on others.
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.
Camel
For a long time the Pan Dems benefited from the "people power's noisy approach and mob like protests gaining recognition in the media.
Hollander323
To quite some people of HK, typically the PanDems, those have or alleged to have connections with the communists are bad people, therefore they would object and criticize whatever these people do or say. China is a communist regime, HK is under China, CE CYLeung is said to be a underground communist, the entire government is under SAR which is part of China, those people show support to HKSAR government are considered agents for China. Voila, now you understand why the PanDems and their many young followers are so die hardly against the HK Government, because they think they are fighting a proxy war against the communist. To me they are like Peter O'toole in his 1971 movie Murphy's War, who continued fighting the German even when the war was over.
ngsw
You have just arrrived Hk and don’t know these thugs and goons belong to the pan-dem camp? They have long been asserting that this is democracy. The Democrats keep silent (I guess smiling) when these thugs attack politicl rivals and goverment officials, now it is their turn, and next perhaps HK citizens.
ngsw
Still many HKers believe this is democracy.
Kubrick
The Democrats are hoisted by their own petard.
andreaswagner
The communists never have a shortage of thugs and goons. Nothing new. It's like Hitlers SA in the early days of that fascist regime.
Kubrick
This is the pro-dems fighting amongst themselves. At least read the story before commenting.

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