Impasse raises concern July 1 march may be declared illegal, as the organisers attack demand to disperse crowds by 6pm Organisers have still not secured permission for the July 1 protest march after they turned down a demand to disperse the crowds at government headquarters by 6pm. The Civil Human Rights Front said yesterday it was unreasonable to require the annual march from Victoria Park to Lower Albert Road to finish within three hours. The deadlock has raised the question of whether the protest could be ruled illegal. Appealing for public support in a street campaign yesterday, the front's convenor, Chong Yiu-kwong, expressed concern that police had yet to clear the march with a formal notice of no objection. Mr Chong said they had learned from the police that the government's Administration Wing, which is directly responsible to the Chief Secretary's Office, had insisted that the government headquarters be cleared by 6pm. 'This is just unreasonable. We hope the government can be more flexible about when the event will finish,' he said. The themes of the march this year are the fight for universal suffrage and opposition to government collusion with the business sector. A mock referendum on universal suffrage will be held before the rally gets under way. Mr Chong said the front, which filed its application three months ago, had had similar negotiations with the government on the finishing time in previous years. But it was the first time they had failed to secure approval for the march by late June. He would not speculate if the delay was due to the election of former chief secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as chief executive. Gay activists will lead the march despite threats by some protesters to boycott the rally. Mr Chong urged people to set aside their differences and turn out on Friday. 'This is the way to show the power of the people,' he said. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said the government attached importance to the views expressed at public rallies. 'We need to listen to people's views through these channels,' he said. A police spokesman said normally a notice of no objection would be issued three days after the application was made. For large events, it might come 48 hours before the event, the latest allowed under the law. 'The notice will be issued once the details of the procession have been settled,' he said. A group of doctors led by legislator for the medical sector Kwok Ka-ki urged colleagues joining the march to wear their white gowns. Dr Kwok hoped colleagues would turn out to fight the renaming of the University of Hong Kong's medical faculty following tycoon Li Ka-shing's $1 billion donation.