CHINA Hong Kong police ban Saturday's rally over safety concern

CHINA

Hong Kong police ban Saturday's rally over safety concern

Xinhua

18:20, August 29, 2019

HONG KONG, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong police have banned the application of a massive demonstration on Saturday to ensure the safety of residents and public order after several similar events turned extremely violent recently.

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Police have banned the application for a public meeting and public processions in Central and Western Districts on this Saturday, Kwok Pak-chung, regional commander of the Hong Kong Island, said at a daily press conference Thursday, without naming the applicant.
"The objection is in the interest of public safety, public order, and protection of rights and freedom of other residents," Kwok said.
Recent peaceful demonstrations easily descended to violent incidents and quickly spread to more areas in Hong Kong, with rioters tearing down public facilities, assaulting police officers with deadly weapons, vandalizing shops, and attacking residents.  

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