By Rachel Wong
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have reacted to the passing of the national security law, vowing to protest during Wednesday’s Handover anniversary in spite of a police ban.
China’s rubber-stamp parliament National People’s Congress unanimously passed the controversial legislation on Tuesday morning, a day before the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain.
The police force have banned the annual July 1 pro-democracy march for the first time in 17 years citing violence during previous rallies and public health concerns amid Covid-19. Organisers, the Civil Human Rights Front, appeared in court on Tuesday to appeal the ban.
CHRF convener Figo Chan told the press that they insisted the march should take place even in case of an unfavourable judgement: “We wish to bring a message of solidarity by collaborating with various councillors from different camps. Citizens must come out on July 1,” he said. He said that pro-democracy lawmakers Eddie Chu, Wu Chi-wai and several activists will co-organise a demonstration if the ban on the Front’s event is upheld.
The march is scheduled to take place on July 1 at 2pm from East Point Road in Causeway Bay to Chater Road in Central following a government Establishment Day ceremony and flag-raising event at 8am.