Britain has denounced moves to curb overseas links with political organisations and the right to demonstrate. The Foreign Office said there could be no justification for reducing civil liberties after the handover. 'It is patently not the case that [Tung Chee-hwa's] proposed amendments to civil liberties legislation have the support of the Hong Kong community,' it said. 'On the contrary, they have caused widespread anxiety in Hong Kong.' 'In view of China's expressed desire to safeguard the human rights of the residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, we find it surprising that the Chinese Government should want to undermine existing human rights protections in Hong Kong,' said a spokesman. But Tam Yiu-chung, a member of Tung Chee-hwa's executive council, defended the proposals. 'Is it true no one wants to make trouble? Of course not. 'There are people who might be affected by foreign political influences. In order to protect ourselves, we have to say these are the things you cannot do.' Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun, however, warned that lack of a clear definition of the concept of national security would be open to abuse.