Attacks Aimed at Preventing Hong Kong’s July 1 Marches Continue
The annual Hong Kong July 1 march commenced
at two o'clock in the rain.
At a conservative estimate there were said
to be over 40 million participants.
Among the marchers were Anson Chan, ex-Chief
Secretary for Administration,
also present was Jimmy Lai Chee Ying,
the boss of Apply Daily newspaper.
A few days prior to the protest, a car was rammed
into the front gate of Jimmy Lai’s home.
A Legislative Councilor, with Pan-Democracy Camp
membership, received threatening phone calls.
Over 20,000 copies of the Apple Daily, a popular local
newspaper in favor of the pan-democracy camp, were burned.
A series of attacks have highlighted conflict between
the Pro-Beijing camp and the Pan-Democracy camp who have been at loggerheads.
On July 1, Leung Kwok-hung, Hong Kong legislative
Councilor, and chairman of the League of Social Democrats,
told NTD that he had received threatening phone calls.
Leung Kwok-hung: “He asked me not to take to
the streets on July 1, but encouraged me to traveling’.
He said if I don’t obey him, I myself and
even those around me will face big trouble.
He also mentioned that his boss
doesn’t like us.”
But he believes that the threat is aimed at
preventing the July 1 protest rally.
Leung Kwok-hung: “I’m sure they did this to
discourage the July 1 march. I don’t know who they are.
But they had a very clear goal.
They were simply afraid of too many participants.”
Albert Ho Chun-yan, Hong Kong legislative councilor,
says that the threat was politically motivated.
Albert Ho: “I think they wanted to frighten us
out of political intent.
I believe the anti-democracy forces did it.”
Agence France-Presse comments that the aim of the
July 1 march is to protest against the CCP authorities.
The public oppose Beijing’s interference into Hong Kong,
and the status quo of the stalled political reform.
AFP indicates that the marchers also
strive for true universal suffrage,
they also unanimously call for Chief Executive
Leung Chun-ying to resign.
The Hong Kong Daily News reported that on June 29,
three men burned 26,000 copies of the Apple Daily.
The same destruction of copies of the Apple Daily
happened just five days ago.
The police believe it was related to two recent incidents.
Earlier on, a car had crashed into the
entrance gate of Jimmy Lai’s home.
A knife was laid down in the street in front of
a building of Next Media, publisher of the Apple Daily.
Next Media has now put up a reward of HK$ 1 Million
to catch those behind a series of attacks.
Jimmy Lai reportedly said that the recent three attacks
on the Apple Daily must be related to its advocacy for the July 1 protests.
The acts of intimidation will only encourage
more Hong Kongers to join the march, he said.
And the Apple Daily will continue to publish
headlines of the July 1 marches.
The Hong Kong July 1 protest rallies started from 2003.
The 2003 march, with over 500,000 marchers,
protested against the legislation of Basic Law Article 23,
and the government’s improper handling of SARS cases.
Since then, the July 1 marches have become
an annual event held in Hong Kong.
The number of participants has become an important
guide in assessing citizen satisfaction with the government.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Pro-Beijing camp held
a ceremony to celebrate the 16th anniversary of
Hong Kong’s return to China, said the BBC news.
The local pan-democracy camp has said the event is aimed
at people who might otherwise join the July 1 protests.
July 1-morning, Leung Chun-ying attended
the official celebration reception.
Legislative councilor Leung Kwok-hung was blocked
from entry into the reception to protest against Leung.