Date
15 December 2017
Pro-Beijing legislator Ann Chiang (inset) said students joining the Occupy protests are setting a bad example to other young people. Photo: HKEJ
Pro-Beijing legislator Ann Chiang (inset) said students joining the Occupy protests are setting a bad example to other young people. Photo: HKEJ

Pro-Beijing legislators belittle student force in protests

Pro-establishment legislator Ann Chiang Lai-wan slammed the pan-democratic camp for exaggerating the number of students who have joined the Occupy campaign, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting, Chiang also said neither Scholarism nor the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) represents the city’s youth. “The HKFS is not elected, and Scholarism is just a group of several students,” she said.

She said only about 10,000 students joined the protests even during the peak of the campaign.

There are at least 240,000 college students who did not join the protests, she said, adding that these are “good students”.

Besides, students only account for 16 percent of the protesters, she said, citing a research.

Meanwhile, many protesters have stayed in Mong Kok after the police clearing operations, provoking the police and engaging in “invisible violence” by making loud noises at night, Chiang said.

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, another pro-establishment legislator, described the move of self-proclaimed “shoppers” in Mong Kok as “mob democracy”, which has continued to disrupt business operations in the district.

“Those so-called shoppers have already expressed their political demand, and their action is selfish and childish without considering the impact on others,” Leung said.

Their actions have disrupted the social order and breached the Public Security Ordinance, she added.

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