Organisers of a demonstration planned for 12.30 am on July 1 warned they would resort to civil disobedience if their rally was banned. Members of the Hong Kong People's Coalition for the Alternative Handover said they were ready to act illegally if their lawful rights were restricted. And they criticised official events for kowtowing to China. The newly formed coalition comprises 20 labour, religious and student groups as well as The Frontier party. The group said it would notify police 48 hours in advance of its handover night march for democracy, as required under existing laws. But amendments to the Public Order Ordinance, which is set to be passed by the provisional legislature this month, would mean giving police seven days' notice. 'If it is a draconian law, there is no reason for us to abide by it,' said coalition spokesman Mak Tak-ching. 'Should the Chief Executive's Office or the police block us from demonstrating, we will not tolerate it. We will react with civil disobedience,' he said. But Mr Mak said the group had not worked out what action to take. The midnight march will start at Statue Square at 12.30 am on July 1 and head for Central Government Offices where the Chief Executive's Office will be. The march will follow a bazaar and a rally in the square aimed at encouraging people to think about the meaning of the handover. 'We believe Hong Kong people will see the handover as not just a carnival - singing, dancing and celebrating - but will think what kind of Hong Kong they want,' said another spokesman, legislator Lee Cheuk-yan. He said the events organised by the Association for the Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong with China were similar to burning banknotes to demonstrate loyalty to the mainland. 'I cannot see what we will get from burning banknotes by organising a fireworks display. It just reflects the fact they are shining the shoes of the new regime,' he said.