Kill call rips into establishment

Top News | Phoenix Un 21 Sep 2017

A war of words continued yesterday between establishment legislators Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Junius Ho Kwan- yiu over Ho calling for the killing of independence advocates.

And Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said police are probing Ho's remarks - slammed by many as "hate speech" - during a rally on Sunday at Tamar Park.

"Any citizen enjoying freedom of speech should learn our human rights ordinance, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights state that freedom of speech comes with duties," Lee said. That meant respecting the rights of others and not endangering security and public order.

Police investigators are now on the case as people complain about Ho.

Also yesterday, protesters including pro-democracy legislators handed a letter to the Law Society to demand a disciplinary hearing on former society president Ho.

The conflict in the establishment camp was also bared some more. Ip, also an Executive Council member, said on radio Ho was "stupid" for saying independence advocates should be "killed without mercy" as it opened the way for people to criticize patriots.

She asked: "Should you bite the dog that bites you? Then you also become a dog."

Ip also likened the rally led by Ho to demand the University of Hong Kong sack associate professor of law and Occupy movement founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting to the Cultural Revolution excesses.

People feel "the Cultural Revolution is being revived in Hong Kong," she said. "Hongkongers dislike this most intensely."

Ip revealed she asked Ho not to hold the rally when he asked other legislators to join the event, though few turned up. She also believed Ho wanted "to attract attention and have his image in newspapers."

Ho hit back in a Facebook livestream, saying he did not expect to be "stabbed in the back when enemies in front shot me with poisonous arrows." He also described pan- democrats as "wicked and cunning" and refused to apologize as "my purpose is correct."

Another Facebook group, the Tuen Mun Community Network, said more than 13,000 people had signed a petition demanding Ho resign from the Legislative Council and Tuen Mun District Council.

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