Follow-up protest to Greta Thunberg-inspired School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action cancelled

Follow-up protest to Greta Thunberg-inspired School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action cancelled

Students say they were unable to secure a permit because their organisation is not an NGO

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The upcoming Sunday march has been cancelled.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

The organisers of the School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action have cancelled the planned follow-up protest on Sunday, May 26. The march against inaction on climate change could not go ahead because they were unable to obtain a permit.

In Hong Kong, to organise a legal protest, public meeting or procession requires an application to and approval from the Hong Kong Police Force. According to a Facebook post by the organisers, they were unable to get permission under new rules requiring protests to be held by registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 

As such, the organisers have decided to cancel the protest due to safety concerns and will attempt to reschedule to a “more suitable time in the near future”.

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School Strike Hong Kong for Climate Action 發佈於 2019年5月7日星期二

 

We spoke to Ewan Windebank, 16, a student organiser who was in charge of applying for the permit, who said when he called to ask about applying for the permit, he was informed that the rules had changed.

“We are applying to be an NGO ... the process to become an NGO will take around three weeks,” Ewan said. 

He added that they now planned to hold the second protest over the summer holidays.

Young Post was unable to ask police for more details this evening; we will follow up tomorrow.

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