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Hong Kong police restrict Sunday’s anti-extradition law rally over fears of ‘violent acts’, as gov’t HQ on security lockdown

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The Hong Kong police have demanded that Sunday’s Civil Human Rights Front march be cut short, to prevent “violent acts” and a potential storming of government headquarters.The anti-extradition law rally at 3pm will call for an independent commission
'The Hong Kong police have demanded that  Sunday’s Civil Human Rights Front  march be cut short, to prevent “violent acts” and a potential storming of government headquarters.The anti-extradition law rally at 3pm will call for an  independent commission of inquiry  into recent demonstrations and the  police use of force . In their earlier proposal to police, the Front suggested protesters would march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to the Court of Final Appeal in Central.But the police denied the plan in a letter of no objection issued on Friday afternoon.They demanded the march end at Luard Road in Wan Chai – a much shorter route – on the basis of public safety and public order.Photo: Todd R.Darling/HKFP. “According [to] the information being circulated on the Internet, someone is now encouraging others to assemble at [the] Admiralty area and would breach… the peace, carry out violent acts (including assaulting on Police Officers) as well as storm the Central Government Complex,” the police said in the letter. “In consideration of public safety…, public order, and protection of the rights and freedom of others… it is considered that the risk of public safety and public order would be very high if the public procession is passing through [the] Admiralty area.” The police will allow only three traffic lanes and two tram lanes to be opened on Hennessy Road for the march.The police also demanded the march must end at 9pm, unlike previous marches that were allowed to continue until midnight.Photo: Todd R.Darling/HKFP.The Front said it has filed an appeal to the Security Bureau’s Appeal Board on Public Meetings and Processions, and has demanded a hearing be heard on Saturday.It previously organised three major marches in June and July.It said that a million joined the march on June 9 , two million joined on June 16 , and 550,000 joined on July 1 . During their July 1 rally, the police asked the Front to postpone the march or end it in Wan Chai owing to  scenes of unrest around the Legislative Council , but the Front refused.They changed the endpoint to Chater Road in Central instead, and warned participants that they could be considered by the police to be joining an unlawful assembly if they chose to continue marching after reaching Wan Chai.Earlier this week, the Hong Kong government denied reports that it was studying the possibility of declaring a curfew . But pro-Beijing lawmakers have been calling for a ban on protests . The controversial  extradition bill would allow the city to handle case-by-case fugitive transfers to jurisdictions with no prior arrangments, including China.On July 9, Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared the bill “dead, ” but did not enact any mechanism to withdraw it.Security lockdown Ahead of Sunday’s march, metal fences have been removed from roads near Victoria Park, the starting point, and from around government headquarters in Admiralty.Photo: Apple Daily.Metal fences have often been uprooted and used by protesters to build barricades.The fences were replaced with orange tape.Police are defending Govt Complex w/ 2M height water barriers.Let them build the wall. #antiELAB #ExtraditionBill #HongKongProtest pic.twitter.com/2cgIDpI3rh — Galileo Cheng (@galileocheng) July 18, 2019 Two-metre tall water barricades have also been deployed outside the government headquarters as well as the chief executive’s office.Meanwhile, Ming Pao cited sources as saying that 2,000 officers will be deployed on Sunday to handle the protests.If protesters block roads, the police will take action immediately if instructions are given to clear demonstrators, the source said. . The post Hong Kong police restrict Sunday’s anti-extradition law rally over fears of ‘violent acts’, as gov’t HQ on security lockdown appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'

Hong Kong pro-Beijing politicians donate HK$10 million to police fund, as more protesters arrested

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A group of top pro-Beijing politicians have donated HK$10 million to the Police Welfare Fund, as the force made more arrests relating to the anti-extradition protests.
'A group of top pro-Beijing politicians have donated HK$10 million to the Police Welfare Fund, as the force made more arrests relating to the anti-extradition protests.The Friends of Hong Kong Association, formed of National People’s Congress delegates and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference national committee members, made the donation at a pro-police rally outside the police headquarters on Thursday.One of the group – David Lan, a former secretary for home affairs – said that civil servants themselves cannot receive benefits, but donations can be received by police groups for education and welfare.Photo: Apple Daily.Lan said the Hong Kong police force was the least corrupt force in the world after the 1997 Handover, and Hong Kong maintained one of the lowest crime rates.He rejected claims of police violence during protests . “People are only seeing part of the story,” he said.The Association’s petition letter was received by the police’s senior force welfare officer.The police said in response that it will review the donation strictly in accordance with the existing procedures to confirm that it was in line with government and police rules.It added that the use of the funds will be examined by the government’s director of audit, who reports to the Legislative Council.Photo: InMediahk.net.Also on Friday, pro-Beijing activist Leticia Lee led her Justice Alliance group to police headquarters to donate 10,000 VLT fruit juice boxes to the force, according to RTHK.Officers now have to push these soft drinks away, into the HQ pic.twitter.com/FmLl1C54Ak — Frances Sit (@frances_sit) July 19, 2019 Two arrests Meanwhile, police said they had made two arrests on Thursday morning arising from two recent demonstrations where protesters surrounded police headquarters.An 18-year-old bartender was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.He was accused of spray painting the police headquarters’ wall on June 21 . A 25-year-old construction worker was also arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer outside the police headquarters on June 26 as he was going to work.Photo: InMediahk.net When asked how the police had identified the suspects as many protesters wore masks, Lo Ka-chun, police chief inspector of the Narcotics Bureau, said he would not disclose investigation details as the cases had entered the judicial process. “We will not tolerate unlawful acts,” he said.Lo said the police would fully investigate the incidents and more arrests may follow. . The post Hong Kong pro-Beijing politicians donate HK$10 million to police fund, as more protesters arrested appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'