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Rival demos outside FCC ahead of Chan Ho-tin talk

2018-08-14 HKT 11:11
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  • Rival demos outside FCC ahead of Chan Ho-tin talk
  • Members of the 'Treasure Group' take up position opposite the FCC. Photo: RTHK
    Members of the 'Treasure Group' take up position opposite the FCC. Photo: RTHK
  • The 'Defend Hong Kong Campaign' demanded FCC first vice president Victor Mallet (left) resign over the controversy. Photo: RTHK
    The 'Defend Hong Kong Campaign' demanded FCC first vice president Victor Mallet (left) resign over the controversy. Photo: RTHK
  • Pro-democracy protesters were prevented from getting closer to the FCC where rival demonstrators were standing. Photo: RTHK
    Pro-democracy protesters were prevented from getting closer to the FCC where rival demonstrators were standing. Photo: RTHK
  • A People Power activist is moved away from the FCC building by police. Photo: RTHK
    A People Power activist is moved away from the FCC building by police. Photo: RTHK
  • FTU & DAB representatives join the pro-Beijing protests outside the Foreign Correspondents' Club. Photo: RTHK
    FTU & DAB representatives join the pro-Beijing protests outside the Foreign Correspondents' Club. Photo: RTHK
Innes Tang speaks to RTHK's Emily Kwok
Rival groups staged demonstrations on Tuesday ahead of a scheduled luncheon talk by the convenor of the Hong Kong National Party, Chan Ho-tin, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC).

Several members of the pro-Beijing “Treasure Group” put up banners opposite the FCC, accusing the club of providing a platform for Chan to spread his pro-independence views, which they said is a direct challenge to the Basic Law.

Members of the "Voice of Loving Hong Kong", meanwhile, marched from Central MTR Station to the FCC, demanding the government take back the venue from the club.

A member of the group, Patrick Ko, said talking about the concept of Hong Kong independence is not covered by the freedom of speech set out in the Basic Law.

"As Hong Kong citizens and also Chinese, we are angry because we don't want our country, China, to separate," Ko said.

Innes Tang, the chairman of "PolitiHK Social Strategy" who joined the protest, said promoting independence is illegal and amounts to treason.

"We are here today to express our anger over the very rude arrangement by the FCC to invite Andy Chan [Ho-tin] of the Hong Kong National Party to have a speech here today because we think that is a treasonous act," Tang told RTHK's Emily Kwok.

Some pro-democracy demonstrators gathered later in the morning at the intersection of Wyndham Street and Glenealy Road, but were blocked by police from getting closer to the FCC building where rival protesters were standing.

Around a dozen members of the "Defend Hong Kong Campaign" also marched from Admiralty Centre to the Central Government Offices to submit a letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, calling for national security legislation.

After going on to the FCC, the group's president, Kenny Po challenged the FCC's first vice president Victor Mallet to resign over the controversy.

Mallet, who came outside to receive a petition from the group, responded by saying the club was very grateful that the protesters were able to exercise their freedom of speech and freedom of association.

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Last updated: 2018-08-14 HKT 13:08