128 pro-democracy district council candidates said on Friday that they will hold separate election campaigns in Victoria Park from 3 pm on Saturday, in an apparent bid to skirt the need for police permission to hold a mass rally.
The candidates said they don’t need police approval for their campaign meetings, if each of them meets fewer than 50 people at a time.
This comes as the police banned a rally today at Victoria Park to call for international support for Hong Kong’s autonomy. 48 cities in 17 countries worldwide will rally in support on the same day.
2 rallies – in Edinburgh Place, for support on US Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and Chater Garden, for peace paper cranes folding, in Central – have been given police permission and are scheduled at 5-10 pm.
One of the organisers, Ventus Lau, said they would try to keep things peaceful.
On the other side of the Victoria Harbour, the “Human Rights Democracy and Your Sing” event at the junction of Nathan Road and Granville Road near the junction of Nathan Road and Granville Road was also issued with a notice of no objection. The purpose of the event is to support global resistance.
At 2:30 pm, thousands gathered at Victoria Park. After attending the election campaign meetings, the voters tried to walk to Edinburgh Square and Chater Garden to participate in the rallies in Central. Over 100 riot police rushed into the Victoria Park and fired tear gas rounds. They ignored the protest by the candidates and the public against the interruption of legal election campaign meetings and dispelled the crowd by force.