On Tuesday a group of pro-government protesters tried to barge into the office of Passion Times, a video from the online media portal shows.
Passion Times is based in Kowloon Bay and run by localist group Civic Passion. The incident happened during a live broadcast. The instigators repeatedly tried to force their way into the office through a door whilst shouting insults.
Many insults were targeted at Cheng Chung-tai, who will be running for district council election in Lok Tsui constituency in Tuen Mun.
“You want to be elected as a Tuen Mun district councilor? Eat shit! Ask [chairman of the Tuen Mun district council] Lau Wong-fat first,” screamed one protester. “Don’t let me see you in Tuen Mun!”
People inside the Passion Times office managed to stop the group from getting in but they continued to shout and beat on the door after it was closed, leaving a few minutes later. The police arrived after the group left, Passion Times reported.
Man Shek, one of the protesters who was present, is an organiser of pro-government protests. He led one of the pro-government rallies on September 28, the anniversary of the pro-democracy Occupy protests.
“Now that the Hong Kong communists or the pro-government organisations can threaten and harass people that are anti-government and preparing to run for election, this proves that the so-called election system in Hong Kong is under threat and faces direct violence,” Cheng told Passion Times after the protesters had left.
He added that he will remain strong, and reminded Hong Kong people that “anti-communism and anti-colonialism is the only way to defend Hong Kong.”
Cheng will submit his nomination form today to officially run as a candidate in the Lok Tsui constituency in Tuen Mun.
The District Council election will take place on November 22.
Localist groups are generally pro-democracy but many consider pro-democracy activists and pan-democrats within the legislature to be ineffective. The camp is also tied with various movements related to the expansion of Hong Kong’s autonomy, for example advocating for city-state status or outright independence.