Date
24 September 2017
The LegCo break-in has drawn criticism from even radical lawmakers like Leung Kwok-hung (R) and Albert Chan (L).
The LegCo break-in has drawn criticism from even radical lawmakers like Leung Kwok-hung (R) and Albert Chan (L).

LegCo attackers owe an explanation to the public: Albert Chan

Lawmakers criticized the people involved in the Legislative Council break-in for using a false pretext to launch the attack, and urged them to explain their action to the public, RTHK reported.

“The organizers should explain their action to the public, or they will be deemed cowards for not assuming responsibility,” Albert Chan of People Power party was quoted as saying.

Some youth may have thought they were doing the right thing, while in reality they might have been used by others, Chan said.

He also noted that some people deliberately try to ignite scuffles with the police. After trying their tricks, they disappear into the crowds quickly, he said, describing such people as professional mischief-makers.

Lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung said the organizers have used the excuse of the so-called Article 23 for the internet to launch the attack. But he noted that the group did not enter the complex after breaking the glass door.

There had been rumors that the LegCo was to discuss the “Cyberspace Article 23″, which some critics fear could jeopardize free speech, on Wednesday.

The speculation was however unfounded, and some observers now believe the rumor may have been floated just to stir up trouble.

Intellectual Property Rights Protection Alliance said it was “surprised” that a purported LegCo meeting to discuss the so-called Article 23 for the internet has led to the break-in action.

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 has provided more exemptions than the existing law to ensure freedom of expression, the group said.

The draft has “reasonably” balanced the interests of different stakeholders, the group said, adding that it supports the passage of the bill.

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