July 20, 2024
Protest Leaders Ignore Ban, Call for March
On Friday night protesters formed human chains citywide, with everyone covering their faces in some way in defiance of the mask ban.
On Friday night protesters formed human chains citywide, with everyone covering their faces in some way in defiance of the mask ban.

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong protest organizers said they would lead demonstrators through Kowloon on Sunday in a march despite losing an appeal against a police ban on the procession.

The Appeal Board on Public Meetings and Processions supported the police’s refusal to approve the march because of the potential for violence, Radio Television Hong Kong reported. The rally was originally called to protest a government ban on masks and comes after Wednesday’s attack on Civil Human Rights Front’s organizer Jimmy Sham by hammer-wielding thugs in Mong Kok.

Protesters are seeking to keep the pressure on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam with a 20th straight weekend of demonstrations. Earlier this week, Lam was twice shouted down in the city’s legislature by opposition lawmakers as she discussed her annual policy address.

The protests began in opposition to Lam’s since-scrapped bill allowing extraditions to mainland China and have expanded to include calls for greater democracy and an independent inquiry. The unrest has turned increasingly violent, with frequent clashes between protesters and police.

Here’s the latest (all times local):

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See Also:

(1) 19-year-old stabbed in neck and stomach at Tai Po ‘Lennon Wall’ as assailant declares Hong Kong is ‘part of China’

(2) Disrespected and disregarded, Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam misses another opportunity to calm the protests

(3) Hongkongers don Pepe, Guy Fawkes, Winnie and Xi Jinping masks at human chain protest against new law

(4) Backlash from lawyers and press as Hong Kong court asked to grant anonymity to police officers

(5) Why the Protests in Hong Kong May Have No End in Sight

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