Civil servants plan rally to pursue anti-extradition bill fight

July 30, 2019 13:12
Michael Ngan Mo-chow (left) and other civil servants at the Central Police Station on Monday after filing an application for a rally in Central. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong civil servants have joined the anti-extradition bill movement.

Five representatives of personnel from several government departments went to the Central Police Station on Monday to apply for a letter of no objection for a rally, which is scheduled for Friday night at Chater Garden in Central, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Earlier, hundreds of civil servants signed an open letter asking the chief executive to yield to the people's demands, including the complete withdrawal of the now-suspended extradition bill and the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry into the recent violent incidents.

They are also calling on authorities to bring to justice those who brutally attacked citizens at the Yuen Long MTR Station on July 21.

Michael Ngan Mo-chow, one of the organizers, told media that civil servants only wanted to contribute to the anti-extradition bill movement after so many people have done their part.

Since civil servants are also Hong Kong citizens, they want to stage a rally to voice their sentiments about the current situation, Ngan said.

Despite their planned protest, civil servants will continue to maintain their political neutrality and serve the people professionally, he said, adding that they have no plans to go on strike or disrupt government operations.

Ngan, who currently works at the Labour Department, said some 2,000 civil servants are expected to attend the demonstration, and stressed that it will be a peaceful and rational one.

Commenting on the government workers' planned action, the Civil Service Bureau said civil servants could express their opinions in private, but they should make sure that their words and actions do not invite criticism that they are violating the principles of impartiality and political neutrality.

Separately, a spokesperson for the Information Services Department denied online rumors that its senior management had forced colleagues to sign a letter in support of the police.

It is regrettable and deplorable that some people are spreading false information to mislead the public, the spokesman said in a statement issued late Monday night.

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