HK security chief warns of ‘lone wolf’ attacks on LegCo election day
Published: Dec 15, 2021 09:04 PM
Hong Kong legCo Photo: VCG

Hong Kong legCo Photo: VCG

Three days ahead of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) election, Hong Kong Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung warned of a "lone wolf" style of attack and domestic terrorism, as some lawmakers may interfere in the process by hindering voters from entering polling stations. 

Tang pointed out in an interview with local media that concerning online information, the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) will enforce the law resolutely. 

The HKPF told the Global Times in an email on Wednesday that it would dispatch the appropriate police force on Sunday to ensure the LegCo election is taking place smoothly. 

The 2021 Hong Kong LegCo election will take place on Sunday (December 19), which is also the first LegCo election since the city implemented the electoral reform in order to ensure those who govern Hong Kong are patriots only. 

However, there have been some secessionists who have been causing trouble in Hong Kong in collusion with foreign forces. They have repeatedly called for "a boycott" of the election as part of their efforts of slandering the electoral reform and the national security law for Hong Kong, which brought back peace and stability to the city after the social turmoil in 2019. 

One of these figures is Ted Hui Chi-fung, a former opposition lawmaker who absconded to Britain in 2020. He has publicly been trying to incite others to cast blank votes in the coming LegCo election. Tang called his behavior "despicable and unlawful."

Local media in Hong Kong reported on Wednesday that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) arrested six people for allegedly instigating others to cast blank votes on Sunday, including the former Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Students Union president So Tsun-fung. 

The student union of the CUHK announced its disbandment in early October. The disbandment also showed that there is increasingly no room for anti-government and trouble-making groups or organizations in the education sector to abuse academic freedom and use universities as their sanctuary to engage in illegal activities that endanger the national security in Hong Kong.

Either taking a soft stance of opposing the election or taking harsh position, calling for blank votes or besieging the polling stations is illegal, Chris Tang said. And if the intimidation echoes with foreign agents in order to instigate the public not to vote, such behavior allegedly violates the national security law for Hong Kong. 

John Lee Ka-chiu, Chief Secretary for Administration, said in a public statement on Saturday that in the past the LegCo was a stage for destructive power, which has not been completely rooted out. For the moment, there are still many "foreign agents" lurking in Hong Kong, attempting to interfere in the election. 

A direct way of fighting back those destructive forces is to vote, Lee said, calling on the public to cast their votes on Sunday. In an email the ICAC sent to the Global Times on Wednesday, it said the authority has arrested in total 10 people for instigating others to cast blank votes, allegedly violating the article of Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance, since November 9.