In the face of prolonged pro-democracy demonstrations, it appears some opponents have resorted to sending in the clowns. While stoic protesters lined the streets outside government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday, a man dressed as a clown mingled with the crowd distributing pink flyers. Identifying himself as Peter Chan, he approached demonstrators in a friendly, cheerful manner and even posed for pictures with some of the students and other adults and children. However, while the flyers had cartoons and happy faces on one page, the flipside had a different message - criticising the protest. "To say that without a direct election of the head of state or of government, there can be no democracy is simply untrue," read the flyer. "Most of the European countries which have no lesson in democracy to receive from anybody do not have a directly elected head of state or government." The article, by Gerard Millet, a banker and former president of the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, had been circulated in business circles in the past few days. It continued: "The discussion about the electoral reform must be conducted calmly in a proper setting and certainly not in the streets ... Are they mature enough to call off peacefully their protest? How can they continue to deny the working class of Hong Kong their constitutional rights to freedom of movement and access to their work necessary to support their families?" Peter the clown said: "I don't have a high level of education and do not understand the text well. I just want to face whatever happens with a tolerant heart, no matter if things go positive or negative."