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More voices call for end to violence in HK

By SHADOW LI | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-17 06:55
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Concerns over more turmoil

Hong Kong police announced on Friday that they had rejected march applications in three different locations over the weekend-To Kwa Wan, Hung Hom and Hong Kong Island-on security grounds. A public gathering at Victoria Park was approved.

Police received more than 1,280 objections from various groups and individuals against the planned marches at the three locations, all of which are major tourism areas, saying it they were very likely to cause similar violent clashes.

On Saturday, Hong Kong is expected to see a large number of people coming out to say no to violence and pull the city back from the brink of a dangerous situation that many have warned of. The rally, one of the many moves taken by Hong Kong residents, will be held at 5 pm on Saturday in Tamar Park, Hong Kong Island.

Just one day after an online signature petition was voluntarily initiated by a group of Hong Kong residents on Thursday, about 100,000 people have signed up to demand the city return to peace and order.

With the new school year drawing closer, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yunhung on Friday also voiced his objection to a call by radicals to boycott classes.

In his social media page, Yeung said school is an apolitical place where students should be free from political interference.

Due to the tense social environment over the past few months, Yeung and his colleagues set out to meet with stakeholders from the education sector to prepare students and teachers to ease into the new school year.

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