🌊 Free Tide: Nothing is happening on 1 July this year
And this time, it might be for real
We’re back to our regularly scheduled jokes about nothing happening, nothing at all. Anyway, happy Monday!
Nothing happening on Handover Day (NOT clickbait)
The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) will not be organising Hong Kong’s annual 1 July demonstrations for the first time in 18 years. The pro-democracy coalition has also discussed disbandment, citing administrative issues and the current political atmosphere.
Why 1 July? The rallies intend to coincide with the anniversary of HK’s Handover to China in 1997.
Chung nonetheless believes that citizens will express resistance in annual tradition even without the group’s brand. He also says the CHRF’s “historical mission” has been completed, since the police are unlikely to approve any of their protests in the future.
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