Up to 5,000 people are expected to demonstrate on Sunday against the proposed security laws during a march by pro-democracy, religious and human rights groups. Five activists also plan to start a 48-hour hunger strike at 5pm today to urge the government to scrap the laws covering sedition, subversion, treason, secession and the theft of state secrets. Former legislative councillor the Reverend Fung Chi-wood, Father Franco Mella, district board member Tsui Pak-tai and activists Koo Sze-yiu and Chong Kai-yeung will stage their fast at the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier until Saturday evening. They will ask passers-by to sign a petition against the security law proposals. Mr Fung said the group had already collected more than 40,000 signatures. The implementation of Article 23 would infringe human rights and democracy in Hong Kong, Mr Fung said. 'This is not a genuine consultation and I don't believe the government has any credibility.' He cited the conviction of activist 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung under the Public Order Ordinance last month as evidence the government was increasingly not to be trusted. 'We are opposed to both the timing and the content of the legislation, which is too repressive,' Mr Fung said. More than 40 groups would be represented on the protest march, said Alfred Choy Man-kit of the Justice and Peace Commission, a co-organiser of the demonstration. A prayer meeting will be held at 2pm in Victoria Park followed by the march to the Central Government Offices where the petition will be delivered. 'It is not suitable to launch any laws under Article 23 until there is a democratic selection of the chief executive and Legco,' Mr Choy said.