Police action in torch relay raises issue of 'one country, one system', says legislator Activists have voiced concern about what they saw as police efforts to suppress freedom of speech and expression during the Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong on Friday. Legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan, the secretary of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said the protests had only been aimed at raising international concerns over human rights on the mainland and they had no intention of disrupting the relay. The activists had planned to carry a 'democracy torch' behind the real torch in Tsim Sha Tsui. But a jeering crowd waving national flags blocked their way. Mr Ho said: 'If there is only a one-sided voice in Hong Kong, many people may wonder how the city looks today. Does it coincide with what people are saying, that it is 'one country, one system'?' Mr Ho accused police of suppressing the freedom to protest. Mak Yin-ting, general secretary of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, said: 'What's wrong with expressing different opinions on such an occasion? Why does it matter if some people pour cold water on the torch relay?' A caller to an RTHK programme took issue with the alliance's actions. 'It was not appropriate and it seemed like pouring cold water on the torch relay,' the caller said. 'Why can't we welcome the torch to Hong Kong and hold the action after it has left?' Another caller to the programme worried that freedom of speech in the city was being suppressed. 'I felt frightened about what happened yesterday. Hong Kong people should be alert. Allowing only one voice to be heard does not mean harmony and it is miserable to suppress others' opinions,' she said. Hundreds of people mobbed dozens of alliance members in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, foiling their plan for an alternative torch relay. 'The crowd followed us all the way. Many of them yelled at us in Putonghua and some tried to grab our banners. I heard some people even threw eggs at our people,' said Lee Cheuk-yan, vice-chairman of the alliance, who led the protest. Mr Lee said he had expected a public reaction to their protest, but he insisted they were entitled to spread the message of democracy and human rights in their own way. A spokesman for the government said Hong Kong was a free society and enjoyed freedom of expression and freedom of the press, which were enshrined in the Basic Law.