About 30 protesters staged a noisy march outside the venue where Mr Tung declared his candidacy. They said they wanted to democratically elect the next chief executive and not have someone anointed by 'imperial order'. The demonstrators, organised by the Coalition Against Second Term, carried torches and a board with letters formed by candles spelling out 'democracy'. They also chanted slogans. The protest started at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai at 5pm just before Mr Tung announced he was running again for chief executive. Protesters marched towards the Convention and Exhibition Centre, shouting 'one man, one vote' and 'no imperial order'. Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing, convener of the alliance who was not invited to the 'support Tung' rally, said President Jiang Zemin's announcement of his support hours before Mr Tung declared his candidacy amounted to interference in the SAR's affairs. 'If you want a high degree of autonomy and one country, two systems, Hong Kong should have a leader elected by the entire people, not only 800. Jiang has now finally torn away his mask and revealed his hypocrisy and we are helpless,' she said. The coalition was formed by more than 31 social, political and religious groups. Lawrence An Chung-yuk, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Catholic Commission on Labour Affairs, said Mr Tung should not run. 'In the past five years his record has been really bad. The things he did to damage the rule of law, the right-of-abode problems and his practice of favouring only his cronies have made people very disappointed,' he said. The protest ended with demonstrators setting fire to the board with candles.