Police bans Saturday’s march in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan, organised by district activists, as well as a Sunday march organised by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) from Causeway Bay to Central and a rally at Chater Garden over public safety concerns. Only a static rally in Victoria Park against police violence will be allowed on Sunday.
On 17 July, legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu and a dozen people went to the police headquarters to petition the police to stop issuing letter of no-objection for recent protest marches. Ho said that a more peaceful way of gathering in a park is not a problem, but he is against demonstrations that affect the public, such as occupation and attacks.
The ban is the 9th anti-extradition law marches objected by the police, apparently following Junius Ho’s request precisely, a worrying development considering the forces behind him.
“We are very dissatisfied with this decision, and believe this decision will impose a danger to a large number of participants,” the CHRF said in a statement. “We have already applied for an appeal. Will give further notice to media when more details are revealed.”
Amnesty International Hong Kong says that under international law, the government cannot deprive citizens of the right to peaceful assembly, including protests, because of “probable violence.” On the contrary, the government has the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate measures to protect protesters from threats of violence and to protect citizens’ right to peaceful assembly.