The government has been warned of more street protests if opposition views to the proposals for the security law are ignored. The warning by the Civil Human Rights Front came as an influential adviser to Beijing urged the public to cool down so officials can better digest views. The controversial move to enact local laws to guard against overthrowing the Beijing authorities and other state security crimes under the Basic Law's Article 23 had netted a record high 90,000 submissions and 300,000 signatures when consultation ended on Tuesday. Officials insisted the majority support the move, and hoped to finish the legislation by summer as scheduled. Responding to fears of an increasingly divided community, Basic Law Committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu yesterday said the community should now wait for the post-consultation analysis with calm. She believed the final blueprint would conform to the human rights standards enshrined in the Basic Law, adding that speculation on the outcome at this stage would not help. But Richard Choi Yiu-cheong, a spokesman for the alliance against Article 23, disagreed that people should keep silent pending the draft legislation. He said the debate over the past months had provided a good foundation for further public education on civil liberties and full democracy, an ultimate goal promised by the Basic Law. At a meeting of Front leaders on Monday, a taskforce was established to map out an action plan to raise civil and political awareness in the labour, education and other sectors, Mr Choi said. Members of the Front are to meet on January 9 to review their campaign strategies. 'There have been views for more street campaigns to mount greater pressure on the government,' Mr Choi said. Meanwhile, concern raised by the international community continues to grow, with the European Union releasing a statement warning that the proposed legislation would have an important bearing on Hong Kong's image and its future as an international financial centre. It called on the government to ensure that the legislation would not undermine the rule of law and other rights and freedoms that were outlined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. Separately, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said the proposals would threaten liberties and called for an extension of the consultation. 'After five years of peaceful exercise of those liberties, it is incredibly short-sighted for the Hong Kong government to propose laws that put Hong Kong's freedoms in jeopardy,' the watchdog said. Acting Permanent Secretary for Security Timothy Tong Hing-ming said a report on the submissions would be released next month. But Mr Tong remained non-committal to the calls for further consultation.