Robert Chow, Beijing loyalist and founder of the anti-Occupy Silent Majority movement, said on Monday that student leaders behind last year’s pro-democracy Occupy movement could “die violent deaths… just like Osama bin Laden.”

In an interview with digital broadcaster DBC, the former radio host warned that “if Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and Alex Chow go on like this they’ll likely end up in prison or even dying a violent death. Everyone knows that this is the outcome once you become a terrorist, just like Osama bin Laden.”

Robert Chow (right) with a member of the Silent Majority for Hong Kong.

Chow emerged as a vocal opponent of the pro-democracy movement that occupied parts of Hong Kong from September 28 last year.

During the Occupy Central campaign, Chow’s Alliance for Peace and Democracy launched an anti-Occupy signature campaign to denounce the protesters.

When students first began a class boycott in support of democracy on September 22, Chow also set up a telephone hotline for members of the public to inform on students who participated in the movement.

In June 2014, Chow’s Silent Majority group attracted ridicule online for producing a video warning that Occupy Central would “kill” Hong Kong, turning the city into an anarchic war zone.

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Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.