Date
23 September 2017
Pamphlets being distributed by alleged pseudo-democrats (inset) purport to disparage Leung Chun-ying and the pro-establishment camp. Photos: HKEJ, http://www.inmediahk.net
Pamphlets being distributed by alleged pseudo-democrats (inset) purport to disparage Leung Chun-ying and the pro-establishment camp. Photos: HKEJ, http://www.inmediahk.net

Pan-democrats warn against copycats in district elections

Pan-democrats say they have found at least eight “pseudo-yellow ribbon” candidates for Hong Kong Island seats in the upcoming district elections.

They have no political platforms and at least one has been speaking on behalf of the group, sparking suspicions they are merely running to take votes from pan-democrats, Apple Daily reports.

Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man warned the public to vote for “traditional” pan-democrats when in doubt.

The pseudo-democrats have been distributing leaflets that purport to disparage Leung Chun-ying, described in the materials as a wolf, and the pro-establishment camp, according to the report.

The group is against pan-democrats and pro-establishment lawmakers monopolizing the Legislative Council and District Councils.

The pamphlets feature a yellow ribbon, symbol of last year’s pro-democracy protests, and have the same phone number for different candidates.

These candidates are targeting districts where the League of Social Democrats (LSD) or the Democratic Party (DP) narrowly won or lost in the last election, sources said.

LSD’s Tsang Kin-shing and DP’s Yeung Ho-yin, won more than 45 percent of the vote but still lost.

The two are regarded by the pro-establishment camp as serious threats in this year’s voting.

Li Chak-sum, one of the alleged pseudo-democrats, said he is running in the Nam Fung constituency where DP’s Cheung Kwok-cheong is also a candidate.

Lee said he never spent a night in any protest sites and the yellow ribbon in his promotional leaflets symbolizes peace and hope.

He said universal suffrage is not good for Hong Kong.

Tsang Kin-shing, who lost in the last district election by a mere 45 votes, said two of the pseudo-democrats emerged only in mid-September and they appeared to be unfamiliar with district affairs.

One of them went to the wrong election constituency to collect his nomination form, Tsang said.

DP’s Chai Man-hon warned pan-democrat supporters to be on alert.

Andrew Chiu, convenor of Power for Democracy who is coordinating election strategy for pan-democrats, said none of the pseudo-democrats showed up at their meetings.

“Their intentions are clear. I believe voters who support democracy will be able to tell the difference,” Chiu said.

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