Hong Kong protests: Mass march planned for Sunday to start at Victoria Park; organiser promises peaceful gathering

Hong Kong protests: Mass march planned for Sunday to start at Victoria Park; organiser promises peaceful gathering

Anti-government rally organised by Civil Human Rights Front is expected to draw more than 300,000 people

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The Front says no clashes have ever taken place along the route of its marches.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

Another mass demonstration organised by the Civil Human Rights Front is set to take place on Sunday as part of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong that show no signs of ending.

Pending a letter of no objection, the Front plans to gather marchers at Victoria Park at 2.30pm, and then march to Chater Road in Central. On their application, the organiser wrote the expected turnout to be 300,000, but they believe more people will show up.

The Front’s convenor, Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, is confident that there won’t be any clashes on Sunday. This is because netizens are saying that protesters, including the ones on the frontline, will remain peaceful on the day. He believes this gives the police no reason to forbid or pose limits on the demonstration.

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“I’m confident that the march will be peaceful. So far, no clashes have ever taken place along the route of our marches. I really don’t see any reason to ban or add restrictions to our march,” said Sham.

Meanwhile, protesters continued to gather at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday to rally against what they see as a violent crackdown by police on August 11. Check-in services for departing flights had been suspended since 4.30pm. Hundreds of medical staff from 13 public hospitals also took part in a silent sit-in for the same cause.

The Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme published a poll yesterday that shows the popularity rating of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is now at 27.9 out of 100 marks. Her net popularity is negative 51 percentage points.

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People’s satisfaction rating towards the Hong Kong Police Force has dropped by 21.6 marks from 61.0, which was registered in early June before the extradition bill protests broke out, to 39.4. It marks the lowest figure ever since records began in 2012.

In a media briefing yesterday morning, Lam warned that protesters are pushing the city “into an abyss”, while she brushed away questions about her leadership. “Protesters are damaging Hong Kong’s rule of law in the name of fighting for freedom and justice. This is very worrying,” said Lam. “Our police force is the pillar of Hong Kong’s rule of law.”

Edited by M. J. Premaratne

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