Date
23 March 2017
Several organizations, including the Civil Human Rights Front and the Hong Kong Federation of Students, will participate in the July 1 march next week. Photo: RTHK
Several organizations, including the Civil Human Rights Front and the Hong Kong Federation of Students, will participate in the July 1 march next week. Photo: RTHK

‘Build democracy, regain the future’ to be theme of July 1 march

The July 1 march by the Civil Human Rights Front this year will be held under the theme “Build a Democratic Hong Kong, Regain the Future of Our City”.

Protesters in the Wednesday rally, which will take place as Hong Kong marks the 18th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, are expected to call on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down, and also demand amendments to the Basic Law.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the march, which will see the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) play a key role along with other organizations and civil and political groups, RTHK reported.

Alan Wong Ka-fai, deputy secretary general of HKFS, said upcoming democracy campaigns will focus on Basic Law amendments as Beijing has been interpreting the Law arbitrarily.

The march will start at Victoria Park at around 3 pm and end at Tim Mei Avenue outside government headquarters later in the evening.

Daisy Chan, convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, said a gathering will take place before the rally.

The group said it is unhappy that authorities have denied permission for using the Government Headquarters East Wing Forecourt as a staging point in the rally.

Police have cited security reasons for not granting the permission.

Meanwhile, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has rejected an application by the democracy activists to set up a booth in Causeway Bay to raise funds from the public.

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RC

EJ Insight intern reporter

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