The Hong Kong government says thunderstorms could force the July 1 ceremony indoors, in contrast to the 20th anniversary event, which was basked in sunshine. Photo: AFP / Information Services Department

July 1 flag-raising ceremony marking city’s return to China set to be held indoors for first time since 1997 handover if Hong Kong Observatory's thunderstorms forecast is realised

  • Senior Hong Kong official says it is standard practice to hold ceremony indoors in bad weather, despite previous rainy gatherings going ahead outdoors
  • Event is being scaled down because of protest fears, but Matthew Cheung refuses to be drawn on whether disruption threat could force relocation
Topic |   Legislative Council of Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong government says thunderstorms could force the July 1 ceremony indoors, in contrast to the 20th anniversary event, which was basked in sunshine. Photo: AFP / Information Services Department
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