Mainland authorities are apparently very concerned about the Occupy Central movement, which is pushing for public nomination of the candidates to Hong Kong’s chief executive election in 2017.
And Joshua Wong Chi-fung, of the student group Scholarism, believes some behind-the-scenes operators are intent on besmirching the reputation of pro-democracy leaders to scuttle their campaign.
Wong and some friends visited Taiwan last week to take a break from the heated political weather in the city. They also took the opportunity to touch base with their counterparts on the island, including Sunflower student movement leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, who have been campaigning against a cross-strait service trade agreement with China. They also met with Wang Dan, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy student campaign.
For the sake of transparency, Wong regularly updated his social media status with reports and pictures during the visit.
Everything went well during the trip, except that he noticed someone was always following them and taking their pictures, Wong wrote on his social media account.
Before their return to Hong Kong, Wong identified one of the four men who were stalking them, took a picture of him and discovered through his sources that the group had been appointed by a Hong Kong client to find out whether Wong and his friends went to nightclubs or other places of ill repute.
It’s no secret that Wong and his friends wanted to share their experiences with the Taiwanese counterparts, and perhaps learn a tactic or two on how to pursue the campaign. But some pro-Beijing supporters assailed the visit, saying they were inviting foreign meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.
Having been a public figure since 2012, when he joined the campaign against the proposed national education curriculum in the city, Wong says his life has always been an open book. But he certainly cannot accept the way some people are stalking him for the purpose of unearthing negative information about him.
He believes that some pro-Beijing group in the city is bent on digging out unsavory details in the private lives of Occupy Central leaders and use such information for black propaganda.
Earlier this month, pollster Robert Chung, director of the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong, came under fire after pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao accused him of dangerous driving after following him for days. Pro-Beijing groups have raised questions on the reliability of Chung’s surveys which put Beijing in bad light. Chung is designing next month’s civil referendum on political reform organized by Occupy Central.
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