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Protests likely in next few days, PCG warns Filipinos

19 June 2020

By The SUN

The Consulate advisory lists 4 more protests this month, and two in July

The Consulate has again issued a list of places where anti-government protests are expected to be held in the next few days, in a bid to warn Filipinos to stay away and avoid getting caught up in any confrontation that might occur. between the protesters and the police.

However, the list does not show any mass action being planned in the coming week in Central, where thousands of Filipino domestic workers spend their Sundays off.
The series of protests was supposed to start today, Jun 19, at Tamar Park in Admiralty, and move tomorrow to Chater Garden in Central.

As of this writing, however, two protests did occur, but were in different places.
One was held by around 20 representatives of Amnesty International and democracy campaigners outside the Chinese liaison office in Western.

The protesters held up a yellow Amnesty banner, and presented a petition co-signed by more than 80 groups, urging Beijing to drop its security bill for Hong Kong. Pro-democracy leader Lee Cheuk-yan was among the speakers.
Protesters from Amnesty International called for the scrapping of the national security bill
The other was held in the afternoon at APM mall in Kwun Tong, where about 50 protesters gathered to take part in a “Sing with You” protest. No arrests were reported.

According to the Consulate advisory a protest march will be held from the Mong Kok Flower Market up to Cheung Sha Wan this coming Sunday, Jun 21.

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Exactly a week after, or on Sunday, Jun 28, the protesters will return to Central, this time at Edinburgh Place near City Hall.

The Consulate said it had received word on another protest that is being planned for Wednesday, Jul 1, the 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China by Britain.
On the anniversary of the historic event last year, hundreds of protesters opposing the Extradition Bill stormed the Legislative Council at Tamar and vandalized it. They broke away from the annual march that drew an estimated one million people.

On Sunday, Jul 19, the protest will be at the Yuen Long MTR station up to Shun Pin Wai Playground, the Consulate said.

The advisory said members of the Filipino community should always be alert and watch out for “flash rallies”. These mass actions are usually staged by protesters at crowded places such as malls, parks and even in MTR stations.

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