Date
28 July 2017
Joshua Wong (left) and a vounteer cover the Golden Bauhinia statue in black cloth. Police later removed the cover. No one was arrested. Photo: Jimmy Lam
Joshua Wong (left) and a vounteer cover the Golden Bauhinia statue in black cloth. Police later removed the cover. No one was arrested. Photo: Jimmy Lam

Civil Human Rights Front to protest outside Xi’s hotel Friday

Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) said it is awaiting a letter of no objection from the police regarding its application to hold a protest on Friday evening outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in Wan Chai, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will be staying during his official visit.

Xi will be in Hong Kong as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the handover to China, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

CHRF convenor Au Nok-hin said they will proceed with the proposed gathering even if they do not hear back from the police.

Au said protesters will gather at Wan Chai MTR station, with details of the protest route to be announced in the coming one to two days.

Protesters will avoid taking any actions that could lead to arrest, so as to be available to take part in the July 1 protest the next day, Au said.

Meanwhile, representatives from Demosisto, People Power and the League of Social Democrats were spotted covering up the Golden Bauhinia statue in black cloth at about 6 a.m. on Monday.

After security officers failed to intervene, police officers took the black cloth off. No one was arrested.

Demosisto secretary general Joshua Wong said “one country, two systems” is on the verge of falling apart as Hong Kong no longer enjoys a high degree of autonomy under pressure from Beijing.

Wong called on fellow citizens to join the July 1 protest.

League of Social Democrats deputy secretary general Dickson Chau said Hong Kong has become a puppet of Beijing and of the commercial sector after repeated interpretations of the Basic Law severely hurt the democratic development of Hong Kong, according to Apple Daily.

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