Hong Kong protests: upcoming anti-government rallies planned at Cathay head office, British Consulate and more

Protesters will also demonstrate against alleged sexual violence by police and to mark the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of universal suffrage

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Anti-government protesters have planned many more events in the upcoming days.

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) is planning to surround Cathay Pacific City - the head office of Cathay Pacific - tomorrow from 1pm - 9pm to protest against the airline’s recent decision to fire its staff who were allegedly involved in anti-extradition bill protests. 

On top of urging Cathay to withdraw their decision, the CTU also called for an end to violence from white-shirted mobs and the defence of free speech. Organisers have requested an appeal after the police issued a letter of objection to the rally. 

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Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities and the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women will be holding a rally from 8pm - 9.30pm at Chater Garden in Central to condemn the police’s alleged use of sexual violence.  

This came after several incidents of female protesters allegedly being sexually harassed by police officers during the anti-extradition bill movement were reported, including one who on Friday revealed to the public that she was strip-searched by two female officers without legal grounds. 

A letter of no objection was granted by the force on Tuesday morning. Participants are advised to wear black tops, purple ribbons and to use lipstick to write #ProtestToo on their arms. 

Lawmaker Tanya Chan Suk-chon and Associate Solicitor Olga Choi sat with a female protester who revealed to the media that she was illegally strip searched by two female police officers.
Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

Representatives of veterinary and dog trainer groups are also planning to assemble at the same venue from 7.45pm to 10pm on Friday to educate and discuss with the public the effects of tear gas on animals and emergency treatment in case they are affected. 

Organised by Dr Grace Chan and Dr Carmen Chan, it has been granted a letter of no objection.  

They also want the police force to stop the dispatch and alleged misuse of police dogs at protest sites. They also say police should stop their alleged abuse of power and force, as well as the use of tear gas or other chemical substances of a similar nature within residence areas. 

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Participants are recommended to wear black shirts or medical scrubs, and not to bring their pets - which are prohibited in Chater Garden. 

Additionally, this Saturday marks the fifth anniversary that the National People’s Congress rejected universal suffrage in Hong Kong. To mark the occasion, the Civil Human Rights Front is planning to hold a march from Chater Garden in Central to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Sai Ying Pun. 

The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government is a frequent location for protests. The Chinese emblem was recently put inside a protective case, after protesters vandalised it.
Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

As of Tuesday, the campaign was still in the planning stage, and the Front was also awaiting the letter of no objection from the police.

On Sunday, another mass gathering is set to take place at the Hong Kong International Airport. According to its corresponding Telegram channel, the event will start at 1pm, and the organiser has not applied for the letter of no objection.

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On the same day, netizens have initiated a rally set to take place at the British Consulate-General in Admiralty at 2pm.

Participants hope to urge the UK government to announce that China has not abided by the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and to give equal rights to all Britisth nationals, especially the British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong.

A protest is planned outside the British Consulate General, asking the UK to announce that China has not respected the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
Photo: AFP

There will be representatives reading an open letter at the demonstration and submitting their petition letter to the consulate. They also plan to sing the UK’s national anthem, God Save the Queen, at the site while holding up their BN(O) passports.

Since this rally will be held within the UK territory, organisers said a letter of no objection would not be needed. Participants would take turns entering the site if there are too many of them. The dress code for this rally will be smart casual.

Organisers also reminded demonstrators to bring their current or expired BN(O) passports, Hong Kong Colonial Flags, the UK Flag, and their own banners with slogans.