Go-ahead is received for July 1 march

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 12:00am

Organisers of the July 1 protest march yesterday secured permission from police for the annual rally to go ahead.

However, the Civil Human Rights Front criticised the government and police over a requirement that two participants arrested in last year's protest must report to the police regularly.

The group said it was unfair and urged the force to clarify its treatment of the two demonstrators.

The Front will hold a news conference today to voice its discontent. Police confirmed last night that permission for the march had been given.

The go-ahead for the event had been delayed earlier after the organisers turned down a demand to disperse crowds from the Central Government Offices in Central by 6pm.

Gay activists will lead the march despite threats by some protesters to boycott the rally. On Sunday, the Front's convenor Chong Yiu-kwong appealed for people to set aside their differences and turn out.

The themes of the march are the fight for a faster pace of democracy and opposition to government collusion with business.