Hong Kong people are not as politically indifferent as they may have been in the past, the survey showed. Nearly 30 per cent of people felt they had a right to air their grievances if their civil rights were threatened. Forty-four per cent said they might speak out and only 17.2 per cent would remain silent. Social work professor Wong Chack-kie said the findings showed that many people would speak out if their civil and social rights were infringed. He cited the July 1 mass rally, when more than 500,000 people took to the streets on the sixth anniversary of the handover to oppose the National Security Bill and express outrage over the governance of the Tung administration. The findings showed a quarter of people were in favour of holding organised protests, and 67 per cent also supported signature campaigns. Three-quarters agreed that people could resort to political parties or elected councillors to voice their views, and nearly 70 per cent were in favour of unions, professional bodies or religious groups handling their complaints. People believed that lawyers (52.2 per cent), journalists (44.2 per cent), social workers (39 per cent) and academics (36.5 per cent) were best placed to defend rights. Professor Wong concluded that most people would resort to peaceful means to voice their grievances.