Date
18 December 2017
"Frenchman" (inset) gives a speech on Tuesday night in Mong Kok hours before the break-in at the Legco building. Wong Yeung-tat (right) denied instigating the attack. Photos: AP, SocRec, HKEJ
"Frenchman" (inset) gives a speech on Tuesday night in Mong Kok hours before the break-in at the Legco building. Wong Yeung-tat (right) denied instigating the attack. Photos: AP, SocRec, HKEJ

Civic Passion activist allegedly broke into Legco building

An activist belonging to radical political group Civic Passion was allegedly the person who entered the Legislative Council building during an attack on it by masked men early Wednesday, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

But Civic Passion’s leader denied instigating the attack.

Witnesses said the person who entered the building through a smashed door, before exiting minutes later, was wearing a red top and a mask.

Earlier that night, an active member of Civic Passion nicknamed “Frenchman”, who hosts its online programs on adult topics, was seen speaking at the Mong Kok protest site, wearing a similar red top, glasses and a hat.

On Wednesday morning, “Frenchman” said on the group’s Facebook page that he was fine and thanked friends for their caring messages.

Wong Yeung-tat, founder of Civic Passion, denied he was among the initiators of the storming of the Legco building.

Wong said he was on Harcourt Road when the incident took place. The building was surrounded by police when he arrived, and he said he was unsure who were those in front trying to break into it.

He said he had yet to contact “Frenchman”, so he could not verify if the activist was involved in the storming.

Wong said all the Occupy protest sites had been won by storming barricades, and so he was puzzled as to why the public was condemning a similar action at the Legco building.

More than 10 masked men made a surprise assault on the Legco building at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, breaking at least three glass doors, using metal barricades and concrete tiles to ram the doors. 

Some of the protesters in Admiralty tried to stop them but were ignored.

Police then used pepper spray and batons to prevent others from storming the building.

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