Police officials have approved a rally and march organized by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) in Central on Wednesday, August 28. Supporters will gather at Edinburgh Place at 16:00 (local time) before marching to Pacific Place and end the rally at 19:00. The demonstration was originally set to take place outside the Cathay Pacific headquarters near Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), but police banned the gathering. A protest organized by the Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities is also scheduled to be held at Chater Garden on Wednesday, starting at 20:00.
Additional demonstrations are planned in the coming days. Veterinary groups plan to gather in Central at Chater Garden from 19:45 until 22:00 on Friday, August 30. On Saturday, August 31, the Civil Human Rights Front is planning to march from Chater Garden to the Liaison Office.
Heightened security measures and localized transportation disruptions are anticipated around all demonstrations. Clashes between security personnel and demonstrators cannot be ruled out.
Protests and mass demonstrations of up to 2 million people have been held in Hong Kong since June 9, in opposition to a controversial bill that would allow authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. Opponents claim the law would erode freedoms and be used to silence dissent and criticism. The bill has been suspended, though not fully withdrawn. Demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. On July 21, a group of pro-government men armed with bars and sticks attacked protesters and commuters in Yuen Long, leaving 45 people injured. Activists have also accused the police of using unnecessary force in their attempts to disperse protesters.
Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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