Sunday marchers prepare to soldier onLocal | 16 Aug 2019 3:10 pm
A major rally on Sunday planned by activists, is being billed as a "rational, non-violent" protest designed to show the movement still maintains broad public support after suffering a setback earlier in the week, AFP reports.
On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at Hong Kong International Airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies. This damaged a movement that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters.
China's propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state-media churning out a deluge of condemnatory articles, pictures and videos.
Sunday's rally is being put together by the Civil Human Rights Front, a protest group that advocates non-violence and has previously been the driving
force behind record-breaking rallies in June and July that saw hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets.
"This coming Sunday should be another million-strong march. Hong Kong people can't be defeated, Hong Kongers soldier on," prominent pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo wrote on Facebook.
But the likelihood of renewed clashes over the weekend remains high.
On Saturday, activists have vowed to gather in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan -- two harbourside districts popular with mainland Chinese tourists -- despite
police banning their proposed marches.
And while police have given permission for protesters on Sunday to rally in a major park on the island, they have forbidden demonstrators from marching through the city.
Previous bans in the last few weeks have simply been ignored by demonstrators, leading to running battles with riot police.