Traffic nightmare looms as human-chain protest set tonightTop News | Phoenix Un and Cindy Wan 23 Aug 2019
Hong Kong is bracing for a massive disruption of road traffic tonight if a protest plan for a 33-kilometer human chain of some 100,000 people is successful.
An organizer is hoping tens of thousands of protesters will lock hand in hand outside MTR stations of three major lines - from Tsuen Wan to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Tsuen Wan line and extended to Whampoa Station, from Prince Edward to Yau Tong on the Kwun Tong line, and from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan on the Island line.
It is meant to be a salute to the "Baltic Way" on August 23, 1989, when some two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania formed a human chain spanning 600km to strive for independence from the then-Soviet Union.
The organizer of the "Hong Kong Way" urged people to assemble at several MTR stations at 7 pm then fan out to other stations. They would hold hands for an hour to form the human chain at 8pm.
The organizer said the event - suggested by an Estonia-based Hong Kong start-up - aims to raise international awareness of Hong Kong's plight and asks people to stay on pedestrian pavements and be peaceful.
As the Hong Kong Way would be about 32.6km long, it is estimated that it would need more than 100,000 people to form the chain.
But questions remained yesterday if participants would need to leave the pavements and go on roads to ensure the chain remains unbroken.
A Transport Department spokesman said the Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre will monitor the road traffic situation and public transport services and liaise with police and public transport operators to coordinate and implement traffic and transport arrangements.
The MTR Corp said it would closely monitor the situation at the stations and deploy employees to maintain order.
On the 12th weekend of protests, people are pressing ahead with more actions, including a plan to paralyze transport to the airport.
The Airport Authority has applied to extend the interim injunction which ends today. A court hearing on the application is set today.
A march from Tsun Yip Street Playground in Kwun Tong to CIC Zero Carbon Building in Kowloon Bay tomorrow was approved by police.
Rally organizer Ventus Lau Wing-hong obtained the letter of no objection, which allows the Kwun Tong protest to take place from 1pm to 7pm.
Apart from reiterating the five major demands over fugitive bill saga, the protest will spotlight the newly installed "smart lampposts," which Lau said could be used for surveillance.
Fifty smart lampposts have already been installed in Kowloon Bay, Kai Tak and Kwun Tong.
A march from Kwai Fong South Bus Terminus to Tsuen Wan Park on Sunday is pending police approval.
It will demand full investigation into the alleged collusion between the police and triads in the attacks in Yuen Long on July 21 and in Tsuen Wan on August 5.