Date
26 September 2017
Student activists hold a pro-democracy rally at Tamar Park in Admiralty. Photo: HKEJ
Student activists hold a pro-democracy rally at Tamar Park in Admiralty. Photo: HKEJ

Students told to leave Tamar; pro-Beijing group to use park

Thousands of students who have gathered at Tamar Park in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district since Tuesday will have to relocate after the government rejected their application to extend the holding of their protest rally in the area, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students, which organized the pro-democracy campaign, originally planned to stay in the park until Friday, but the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said the maximum allowable period for holding such rallies was three days.

The group then asked the Civic Party to file for another application on their behalf to use the park until Friday, but the LCSD also disapproved it, saying it has allowed the Federation of HK Guangxi Community Organizations to hold an event in the area from Friday to Monday.

The department said the pro-Beijing group filed their application last Friday. The federation’s chairman told Apple Daily that they plan to mark China’s National Day, which falls on Oct. 1, at the park.

The student activists accused the government of using administrative means to block their protests against Beijing’s restrictive framework for the 2017 chief executive election.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students now plans to join Scholarism, another pro-democracy group formed by high school students, to use Tim Mei Avenue outside the government headquarters as venue for their protest rally.

The students have been boycotting their classes since Monday.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said the LCSD apparently gave permission for use of Tamar grounds to another group to block the students from holding their rally in the park.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Federation of Students said it is still awaiting LCSD’s decision on their request to use the open space between the pedestrian bridge connecting Admiralty Centre on Harcourt Road to the government headquarters to continue their democracy sessions.

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