Date
12 December 2017
Raymond Wong says the impact and outcome of Wednesday's storming of the Legco building would have been different if it was a planned attack. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
Raymond Wong says the impact and outcome of Wednesday's storming of the Legco building would have been different if it was a planned attack. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Pan-democrat legislator defends Legco attackers

A left-leaning pro-democracy legislator is lashing out at the characterization of a group of masked men who stormed the Legislative Council building Wednesday as “mobsters with a well-planned strategy”.

Independent legislator Raymond Wong said a few shattered glass windows don’t make them mobsters, although he acknowledged that their actions did no good to the pro-democracy movement.

“As I understand, many of the people involved in this incident have been at the protest sites for weeks,” Wong said.

“They are not infiltrators who came out of nowhere.”

Wong said he is not opposed to storming Legco as a matter of principle as long as those involved face the consequences.

He defended Civic Passion activist Wong Yeung-tat, one of the suspects in Wednesday’s incident, saying he was only a spectator.

Also, the attack in which a dozen masked men used metal bars and an iron barrier as a battering ram, was not planned.

The outcome and impact would have been different if it was a planned attack, he said.

Wong said the attackers were wearing masks to protect themselves from police pepper spray, not to hide behind them.

Wong criticized some fellow pan-democrats for distancing themselves from the attackers.

“If they want to be model citizens, they should stay home and not be in the protest sites,” he said.

Wong said the street occupiers are in no way more moral than those who stormed the Legco building.

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