China owes Hong Kong an explanation for refusing the eight members from the United Front Against the Provisional Legislature entry into China when they all possessed permits, legislators said yesterday. The demand was made as authorities dashed the group's hopes of delivering a petition by refusing to let them set foot in Beijing. The chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, Frederick Fung Kin-kee, said the Chinese Government was wrong to block them as they all possessed valid travel documents. Mr Fung, also a Preparatory Committee member, urged the Chinese authorities to spell out clearly the reasons for rejecting their entry. In May, Mr Fung had also brought anti-provisional legislature signatures to China while attending the committee plenary session. His views were shared by a legislator from the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, Chan Yuen-han, and many other legislators contacted yesterday. Independent legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said: 'The question is whether this is reasonable or not. I don't understand why the Chinese authorities are so nervous. 'They are just using a peaceful and civilised way to express their views.' Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming was more critical and questioned why the Chinese Government was willing to accept petitions from Greenpeace and decided to snub Hong Kong compatriots. 'It's very disappointing. Why couldn't they treat the Hong Kong compatriots in a courteous manner? Why? I want to ask the Chinese leaders what are they afraid of?' Another independent legislator, Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, said: 'I'm sorry to learn about [their detention] because their purpose is clear - to reflect the feeling of Hong Kong people on the provisional legislature. It should be tolerated.' She said it was 'very proper and reasonable' for them to go to Beijing to express their opposition towards the provisional legislature. 'The reason for refusing entry seems to be very wrong. It certainly shows a very low threshold of tolerance.' But Liberal Party chief Allen Lee Peng-fei, an adviser to Beijing, dismissed the trip as a 'publicity stunt'. 'I think before they went they already know the result,' he said. He did not think it would damage Hong Kong people's confidence in the territory. His party colleague Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said: 'Communication can be made through a better channel. This political gesture would not help Hong Kong people to attain the goal of communication.' Tsang Yok-sing, Preparatory Committee member and chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said: 'The result is not beyond expectation. If they want to send a message to China, Hong Kong citizens, or even the international arena, I believed they have not failed to attain this goal.'