A December 4 demonstration will be a showdown of people power against the government, pro-democracy legislators say, urging the public to take to the streets. They also said the government was nervous about public opposition, rolling out its propaganda machine to defend the reform package and sending Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen overseas to lobby foreign governments. In a press conference geared to signify the solidarity of the 25 pro-democracy legislators against the reform package, the democrats urged the public to join the march - just as they had done on July 1, 2003 - to fight for democracy. 'Our slogan will be to oppose the government's constitutional reform proposal and to show our determination in fighting for universal suffrage,' said Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier. Unionist Lee Cheuk-yan said: 'The battle for public opinion has yet to start. The government is getting nervous and the people are prepared for a showdown.' Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, of the Article 45 Concern Group of barristers, said Mr Tsang has been trying to deceive foreign governments into believing it has public support for the reform proposal. A series of events will be held in the coming weeks to drum up opposition. Among them will be a rally in Chater Garden on Sunday and an open-air forum in Central for the public to air their views on November 27. The democrats lost their first battle over political reform in the legislature, after Tam Yiu-chung, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was voted in as chairman of a Legislative Council subcommittee which will scrutinise the government proposal.