Veteran Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming was under attack by leading Beijing loyalists for a second day yesterday, with one accusing him of being a cold-blooded 'traitor' who invites foreign interference in China's affairs. But Mr Lee stood firm on his earlier appeal to the US to take the Beijing Olympics as an opportunity to press for democracy and human rights improvements in the mainland, saying criticism was a price he was prepared to pay. 'I have no idea why they call me a traitor,' Mr Lee said. 'I believe people in Hong Kong want the [mainland] human rights situation to improve, which is at present inadequate. 'If I am criticised for trying my utmost to convince other countries in supporting my nation to have better human rights, I am willing to accept the consequences,' he said, adding he did not have to apologise. Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said the party would publish a declaration of its stance in newspapers today, stating that it had always supported Beijing's hosting of the Olympics and China's pledge to introduce democratic reforms. 'We advocate direct engagement, in the form of dialogue and mutual consultation,' he said. Speaking in Beijing, Tsang Hin-chi, a Hong Kong member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, attacked Mr Lee for being a 'traitor' who invited foreign interference. 'He is cold-blooded because he opposed the Communist Party, the nation and Hong Kong. Otherwise he would not go to the US and invite Americans to interfere in China's internal affairs,' Mr Tsang said. 'Is Martin Lee blind? Is he dumb and deaf? When he sees the developments in the mainland and still invites foreigners to interfere, isn't he a traitor?' Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said that 'we should not politicise the Olympics'. Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said Mr Lee ought to apologise. Among a chorus of condemnation from pro-Beijing newspapers yesterday, a commentary in the Hong Kong edition of the state-run China Daily called Mr Lee's remarks a 'despicable act' which served as a footnote to President Hu Jintao's earlier warning of external interference. In separate Hong Kong newspaper editorials, Wen Wei Po called Mr Lee a 'foot soldier' of anti-China forces while Ta Kung Po branded him a 'traitor'. In an article published in The Wall Street Journal on October 17, Mr Lee urged US President George W. Bush to visit the Beijing Olympics as more than just a sports fan. 'He should use the next 10 months to press for a significant improvement of basic human rights in my country, including press, assembly and religious freedoms,' Mr Lee wrote.