Hong Kong officials deny protesters permit for Sunday march
Hong Kong officials have denied permits for a march organized this Sunday by the same group that coordinated massive marches earlier this summer.
Bonnie Lueng, spokesperson for the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), said the group’s appeal to march from Victoria Park to Chater Garden was denied Friday. This was the first large march to be organized following the protests at Hong Kong’s airport earlier this week.
Approval still stands for a rally in Victoria Park on Sunday.
CHRF, an overarching organization of pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong, estimated nearly 2 million people joined their march on June 16.
Hong Kong’s protest movement started in early June in opposition to an extradition bill, which critics feared could be used to target dissidents for prosecution in mainland China. The bill has since been shelved, but the uproar stoked a wider civil unrest that shows no sign of ending.