Around 40 activists marched from the Legislative Council building to the Law Society headquarters on Wednesday afternoon  protesting pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho’s calls to “kill” Hong Kong independence advocates.

At an anti-independence rally on Sunday, rural leader Tsang Shu-wo said that pro-independence activists should be “killed.” Ho shouted “without mercy” in response. He later also said: “If those who are pro-independence lead to the subversion of the fate of the country… why shouldn’t these people be killed?”

Protests against Junius Ho on Wednesday. Photo: People Power via Facebook.

The protesters demanded that the Department of Justice and the police investigate and prosecute Ho over the remarks, whilst also urging the Law Society to take disciplinary action. They asked Ho to publicly apologise and resign from his positions within the legislature, District Council and the governing board of Lingnan University.

Among those in attendance were activists Avery Ng and Tam Tak-chi, pro-democracy lawmakers Claudia Mo, Ray Chan and Eddie Chu, and ex-lawmakers Edward Yiu and Leung Kwok-hung. Demosisto activists Tiff Yuen, Agnes Chow, and Derek Lam were also present.

The group carried a golden belt prop with the Chinese character for “kill” emblazoned on it, as well as placards that said “Disciplinary hearing for Junius Ho.”

“Shame on Junius Ho! Shame for encouraging killing!” they chanted.

Junius Ho. Photo: 何君堯 (Junius Ho Kwan Yiu) via Facebook.

Ray Chan called Ho the “most despicable lawmaker,” and said that, in his memory, activists and lawmakers have never come together to protest with banners against a single lawmaker.

Leung Kwok-hung told staff at the Legislative Council that they wished to see Ho, RTHK reported. However, he was told that Ho would not meet with them, thus the group continued to the Law Society headquarters at Wing On House, Central.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.