Movers behind citizen voices linked to pan-democratsTop News | Staff reporter 9 Oct 2019
East Week magazine has exposed the background of the citizens' press conference, which is meant to counter the police's daily meetings with the media, and says its members are current or former assistants of pan-democratic lawmakers.
The weekly magazine, in its cover story today, said the citizens' press conference claims to be decentralized and represent people's voices.
But at least four organizers or "citizens" are connected to pan-democratic lawmakers, the report said.
It said at its second press conference on August 8, a woman nicknamed "Ah Bi" claimed to be a resident of Wong Tai Sin who has a 12-year-old daughter.
Wearing a mask and a black cap at the press conference, she accused police of using pepper spray and beating people with batons when she and her daughter passed by the Wong Tai Sin Centre.
But East Week said the "resident" is the legislative assistant of social welfare sector lawmaker Bottle Shiu Ka-chun. She has held that position since 2016.
It alleged that the citizen who spoke at another press conference on August 12, nicknamed "Matthew Ng," had previously worked as an assistant for the accounting sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong in the summer of 2017.
The publication contacted Matthew Ng, who replied that he was working on that day and denied attending the press conference.
Also at the press conference on August 21, a man nicknamed "Mr Yau," who spoke at the event, had previously helped Democratic Party district councillor Bonnie Ng Hoi-yan in November 2017.
That was when Ng ran in the by-election of the Central and Western district council.
The man who previously worked for Ng denied attending the press conference when East Week reached him for a reply.
The magazine said one of the core members of Radical HK, the organization which provides a sign language service at the press conference, had planned actions with the Land Justice League lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, targeting rural area related issues in the New Territories two years ago.
Apart from the four persons mentioned, East Week also alleged that statements from the citizens' press conference have similar content with those from pan-democratic lawmakers, including the use of words like "authoritarianism government" and "separation of powers."
The magazine said it understood that the press conferences were organized in a rush every time, but the content of statements carried clear arguments and themes.
The group also has the ability to call out important people on viral events, such as the woman who was allegedly shot by police in her right eye. The publication alleged that this is not what ordinary people can do.