A prominent pro-Beijing campaigner is facing withering criticism after he compared the street protests by pro-democracy activists to the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
Robert Chow, a spokesman for the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, said the blockade of major roads by the protesters could last as long as the wartime Japanese administration from 1941 to 1945, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho denounced the comment, saying there is no comparison between the peaceful protesters and the Japanese military occupiers who committed untold atrocities.
Also, netizens weighed in with a sharp rebuke of Chow just days after he used the recent South Korea ferry disaster to describe the protest movement.
Meanwhile, a petition calling for an end to the protests has received more than 1.51 million signatures, the report said.
The number includes 410,000 signatures collected online.
Robert Chow said protest leaders should now seriously consider leaving the streets and returning them to the public.
The alliance will submit the signatures to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam on Monday and announce its next step to counter the protesters, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Lam and several incumbent and former government ministers were among the signatories, the report said.
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