A petition opposing proposed amendments to civil liberty laws has attracted 320 academics' signatures. Of them, 259 are teachers or researchers, while 61 are research students pursuing master or doctorate degrees. As the three-week consultation period ended yesterday, signatures collected were presented to the Chief Executive-designate's office. The campaign was set up by 11 local academics from various local universities. The group says the rejection of the main proposals set out in the consultation document has been widespread among local academics and research students in local tertiary institutions. 'Many of the proposals in the document are very broad and unspecific, granting much discretionary power to executive authorities. 'This is tantamount to opening the door to abuse in the future,' the academics said in a joint statement.