Hong Kong police banned a rally at Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters on Wednesday, citing a court-ordered rally restricting demonstrations.
CEO Rupert Hogg resigned from his post two weeks ago because of criticism from China's response to the city's protests against the extradition law. Meanwhile, Rebecca Sy – chairman of the flight attendants association of Cathay's subsidiary Cathay Dragon – was released along with two pilots this month.
In response, the Hong Kong Trade Union Confederation (HKCTU) proposed a rally outside Cathay City near the airport on Wednesday. However, the rally was officially banned Monday by the police, citing an existing court order.
Lee Cheuk-yan, secretary-general of the HKCTU, said the police support Cathay Pacific for not challenging them
"The HKCTU strongly condemns the police for removing the public's right of assembly," he said and added that the HKCTU would appeal.
The company warned that employees could be dismissed for "supporting or participating in illegal protests" after the Chinese aviation authority Cathay requested to provide personnel lists for flights to the mainland or for flights through the air.
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The highly competitive airline has She has since published four press releases expressing her support for the government and the Basic Law on illegal protests adopt a zero tolerance attitude.
Last week, a court in Hong Kong granted an extension of an injunction to release demonstrators at the airport, except those in certain areas, until further notice. The command covers the entire artificial island on which the airport is located.
The demonstrators nonetheless called on activists this Sunday to clog traffic around the aviation hub and unlawful and willful obstruction or disruption of the proper use of the airport under request.
More protests this week
Protests against the unfortunate Extradition Law – which would have allowed a cursory transfer to China on a case-by-case basis – show little evidence of one Stops on.
On Wednesday, the Hong Kong Women's Coalition for Equal Opportunities held a rally at Chater Garden in Central at 8pm. The coalition will demand answers from the police regarding suspected sexual assault.
A protester was subjected to a full streak search in police custody inappropriate and humiliating.
Meanwhile, on August 31, the Civil Human Rights Front – an alliance of some 50 NGOs – again requested a large-scale march. If approved, the march begins at 3:00 pm in Chater Garden and ends at the China Liaison Office in Sai Wan.
The day of the March is the fifth anniversary of the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to set a restrictive framework for Hong Kong's political reform. The white paper triggered the protests of the 2014 Umbrella Movement.
On September 2, student unions from ten universities will launch an eleven-day boycott action that begins with a rally at the mall of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Since June great peaceful protests have morphed into – sometimes violent – demonstrations of dissent about Beijing's abuses democracy alleged police brutality . , Monitoring and other grievances in the community . The demonstrators continue to demand a full repeal of the bill, a completely independent investigation of police behavior, an amnesty for those arrested, a universal suffrage and a cessation of the characterization of protests as "insurrections".
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