Activists vowed yesterday to defy the proposed restrictions on protests and links with foreign political groups after the handover, even if they become law. The Hong Kong People's Alliance for Human Rights, formed by 30 local groups against the reinstatement of the draconian laws, blasted the proposed changes as a retrograde step for human rights. Lau Chin-shek of the Confederation of Trade Unions and the Christian Industrial Committee said both groups would not be subject to the stringent requirements of the amended laws. 'We do not care if we are arrested or have to close down. It is a matter of principle. We will not be intimidated by the two ordinances.' 'We are not going to change what we have been doing in the past. If there is a donation to us, we will take it,' Mr Lau said. He described the curbs as a political purge. The proposed changes targeted the democratic camps which would no longer run for election if they received no foreign funding. One-third of the committee's funding comes from overseas Christian organisations. The confederation supported Mr Lau and its chief executive, Lee Cheuk-yan, when they contested the 1995 Legislative Council elections. Yip Chiu-ping, of the Hong Kong People's Council on Public Housing Policy, said many district groups might be forced to go underground if they were identified as political groups. Rose Wu of the Hong Kong Women's Christian Council, which receives donations from a German Christian group, believed they would have to close. 'Donations are the only way we can survive. We will have to disband unless the Government suddenly subsidises us, but everyone knows that is unlikely to happen,' she said. Diana Pang Wai-sum of the Society for Community Organisations, which gets 60 per cent of its income from overseas religious groups, said the ordinances posed a threat to many grassroots groups.