Some civil service unions are to join the protests. The 50,000-strong Hong Kong Civil Servants' General Union has asked its members to take part in a rally and candle-light vigil planned for next Sunday and Wednesday respectively. Both protests are being organised by the liberal camp, including the Democratic Party and the Professional Teachers' Union. Chairman Felix Cheung Kwok-bui dismissed suggestions that the union was becoming political. '[The incident] is not of a political nature, it is an important matter of national pride,' he said. An affiliate of the Federation of Civil Service Unions, the Clerical Grades Civil Servants General Union, will ask the federation's annual meeting to discuss its position on Saturday. Groups yesterday continued to protest outside the Japanese Consulate and Xinhua (the New China News Agency). Among the protesters were members of the Democratic Party-led action committee formed to defend the islands, and the pro-Taiwan Hong Kong and Kowloon Trades Union Council. Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan urged the Chinese Government to act against Japan's deployment of coastline troops. The 50 protesters burned a Japanese military flag and smashed two miniature lighthouses to express their anger.