Youngsters paid to join protests, claims Chiang

Top News | Phoenix Un 17 Jul 2019

Some youngsters were paid by legislators to join the anti-fugitive bill protests, pro-establishment lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan says in yet another shocking allegation.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislator made the claim on a radio program yesterday.

When asked by the host which legislators paid protesters, Chiang merely said: "The evidence is that there are some youngsters who got paid after going to the protest."

Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, who was on the same program, said there should be an independent inquiry to investigate Chiang's claim. "Such wicked motives should be reviewed, for people damaging Hong Kong should be pursued by all Hongkongers," Yeung said.

Chiang repeated the pro-establishment line that an independent inquiry should not target police, but should probe the "black hands behind the conspiracy."

She said Hong Kong is trapped in a deadlock and the government cannot do anything as protesters keep adding demands.

Meanwhile, a Chinese-language newspaper, citing sources, reported that the Chief Executive in Council is considering curfews in districts to tackle protests. This could be done under Section 17E of the Public Order Ordinance, it said.

A Security Bureau spokesman said the government "will continue to follow the existing mechanism requiring notification to the police and the letter of no objection."

Apart from that, "the government has no other plans."

Legislator Au Nok-hin of Council Front said non-issuance of a letter of no objection would mean depriving people of their basic freedom of assembly. "That would mean even peaceful protests would be banned," Au said.

Meanwhile, five people injured from the Sha Tin clashes remained in hospital, with one in serious condition.

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