Junius Ho's call to kill separatists may be criminal, says Ronny Tong
Monday, September 18, 2017
Senior counsel Ronny Tong Ka-wah said today that he thinks legislator and solicitor Junius Ho may have committed a crime by apparently calling for the deaths of anyone who attempts to separate Hong Kong from the mainland.
Speaking to reporters during a mass rally demanding the University of Hong Kong sack Occupy Movement leader Benny Tai yesterday, Ho asked "if [independence-seekers] are not killed, what else are we to do?"
Asked if this amounts to criminal intimidation, Ho responded by saying that it’s "not a crime to slaughter pigs or dogs,'' and warned the journalists not to take his comments out of context.
He further explained that "people who act to promote independence subvert the fate of the entire country, and force all Hongkongers and the 1.3-billion people of China to pay a huge cost.”
Earlier, addressing thousands of protesters on stage, Yuen Long district councillor Tsang Shu-wo repeatedly asked the crowd "if people [claim to be] not Chinese and seek Hong Kong independence; aren't they outsiders who should be killed?"
Ho then responded by saying, "no mercy.''
However, Tong, who is also an executive councillor, said Ho may have violated two clauses of the public order ordinance.
Tong told a radio program that sections 26 and 17(b) of that law prohibit proposing violence at public gatherings, and using abusive or insulting words in public with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
Tong said even if Ho had been speaking figuratively – that independence advocates should be removed from their positions in society rather than outright death – the comments may still be criminal.
He called on Ho, who's a solicitor, to watch his conduct. Tong also appealed to everyone to stop encouraging violence and insults, saying that's not acceptable in any civilized society.-Photo: RTHK