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27 août 2019 | 12h18 UTC

Hong Kong: Fresh protests planned and police ban announced August 28 /update 69

Hong Kong, SAR China Alerte de sécurité

Activists announce new protest at Charter Garden on August 28; police ban planned August 28 protest outside Cathay Pacific headquarters

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/8/2019, 12h00 until 1/9/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

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Event

The Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities has called for a protest to be held at the Charter Garden in the Central Business District of Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 28. Protesters are expected to gather at 20:00 (local time).

Furthermore, Hong Kong police has issued a ban on a protest planned for August 28 outside the Cathay Pacific headquarters near Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). However, protesters might gather despite the ban, which will likely result in clashes with security forces.

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.

Context

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 The bill has been suspended, though not fully withdrawn.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.

Advice

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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