Hong Kong protests: Two of three demonstrations approved


Joshua Wong calls for 100,000 on the streets in wake of election ban

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Joshua Wong Chi-fung was barred from local elections this week.

Three public gatherings were planned for tomorrow as Hong Kong enters the 22nd straight weekend of the ongoing anti-government protests.

“Rally for the Human Rights and Democracy Act” will take place at Edinburgh Place at 5 pm. Simultaneously, a “Folding Paper Cranes” activity will be held at Chater Garden. Both have been granted the Letter of No Objection from the police commissioner.

However, the rally at Victoria Park, “Emergency Call for Aid and Autonomy”, that’s set to start at 3 pm did not receive the permission.

Protest posters which surfaced online suggested participants gather at Victroria Park in Tin Hau first and then march to Central for the next two rallies.

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Ventus Lau Wing-hong, a local politician, also the organiser of the rally at Victoria Park said he felt he could do nothing about the police objection.

“But the other two rallies have been approved already, both of them aim to gain more international attention ... I hope that we can achieve the largest turnout, and show the world that the public opinion has not reversed at all,” Lau said at the press conference.

He also added that people from 17 countries and 46 cities around the world would gather to show solidarity with Hong Kong tomorrow as well, including South Africa and Brazil.

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung also said the government's decision to ban him from running in the upcoming district council elections had gained a lot of international attention. He called for 100,000 people to take to the streets on Saturday to let the world know that Hongkongers were determined to fight for democracy and for a just and fair election.