Leticia Lee See-yin, leader of the “Blue Ribbon” group and the convenor of the pro-Beijing Justice Alliance, led dozens of people in an anti-Occupy rally in Mong Kok late Monday, complaining about disruptions caused to businesses and local residents due to street gatherings in the shopping district.
She accused some people of pretending to be shoppers and congregating in the district, causing nuisance to local shops by blocking passageways.
During the demonstration, up to a hundred Occupy supporters were seen following Lee’s group, leading to some clashes, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
A person claiming to be a passer-by said he was hit by an object being carried by a Blue Ribbon member. One male was said to have been taken away by the police.
Lee’s group walked from Lai Chi Kok Road at Prince Edward at around 8pm Monday. They went to Sai Yeung Choi Street South via Nathan Road and ended the march at around 10pm.
Lee said she decided to stage the protest after receiving at least 86 complaints from shops in Mong Kok as their businesses were affected by people claiming to be shoppers but who were basically blocking passageways.
The activist did not seek prior permission from the police for the rally, according to the report. She was said to have been warned by police officers that she risks facing charges of unlawful assembly if the number of people in her group exceeded 30.
Lee insisted there were only 28 people in her marching group, but the police said she may have invited others to join in, causing the numbers to swell.
Reporters noticed that many shops opted to close down fearing confrontations between Lee’s group and Occupy supporters.
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