Despite the mounting resistance from the mainland over democratisation in Hong Kong, champions of constitutional reform are undaunted by the challenge they face. The Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, convenor of the Democratic Development Network, said the public demand for more democracy shown since July 1 and in the district council elections last month was in compliance with the Basic Law. 'Nobody has said we would override the Basic Law when demanding more democracy, as it is clearly stated that the present system is open to changes after 2007. We have never rejected the central government's role,' he said. 'But we also note that no government in history has willingly given power to the people. So the most important point is for the people to stand up, to persevere and not be affected by comments made by a small group of people.' Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong is spokesman for the Civil Human Rights Front, which organised the July 1 protest and is organising another one on January 1. He said comments by mainland experts would increase the desire for democracy. 'Since the public now sees that even the so-called legal experts on the mainland do not understand the real situation in Hong Kong, more people will come out to demonstrate and give a loud and clear message to the mainland on demands of Hong Kong,' he said. Power for Democracy convenor Joseph Cheng Yu-shek said the campaign for universal suffrage would not be affected by the latest controversy. 'I don't think we need to adjust our position at all. We all understand there is tremendous resistance ahead. 'We hope Beijing will appreciate the Hong Kong situation. Democracy is really the best way to preserve stability and prosperity.' Tsang Yok-sing, former head of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, suggested the Constitutional Affairs Bureau establish an advisory panel comprising people from various sectors, including mainland representatives, to discuss constitutional change. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said details on the consultation had yet to be finalised.