Hong Kong protests: Police grant letter of no objection to Civil Human Rights Front for New Year's Day march

Hong Kong protests: Police grant letter of no objection to Civil Human Rights Front for New Year's Day march

The march will start at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and end in Chater Garden in Central

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Anti-government protesters march from Causeway Bay to Central on December 8, the eve of the six month anniversary of the unrest.
Photo: Winson Wong/SCMP

Police have granted a letter of no objection for the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) to hold a march on Hong Kong Island on New Year's Day on Wednesday. 

The CHRF has organised some of the biggest marches in Hong Kong history, including the 2 million strong march on June 16. 

On New Year's Day, pro-democracy protesters will march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Chater Garden in Central. CHRF have asked people to start gathering at 2pm. The letter of no objection from the police will last from 3pm to 10pm. 

Pro-democracy groups, including CHRF, have organised marches on New Year's Day to protest against further encroachment and influence of mainland China in Hong Kong. In 2018, 10,000 people joined the New Year's Day march to protest several issues, including the amendments to the Legislative Council's rules of procedure, and the potential enactment of Article 23. 

The theme for Wednesday's march is to urge the government to respond to the five demands of Hong Kong's ongoing pro-democracy movement. The movement, which began in June over a controversial extradition bill, is now in its seventh month and has morphed into often violent clashes between police and protesters over calls for widespread political reform. 

The last CHRF march took place on December 8, which saw a turnout of 800,000 people according to the organisers. 

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