By: 思穎妹妹/Si Wing the Younger Sister
You may take a look at the pictures below for the path the HKPF specified:
The width of the sidewalk outside of the Emperor Centre is 3 m only. How could 20,000 people possibly pass through there?
Also, some railings along the waterfront were replaced with iron chains.
In case an emergency happens, it is likely we would find mysterious corpses floating in the sea again.
This picture shows the path the HKPF specified.
The width of the sidewalk is 1.5 m only.
Is it safe for a rally with 20,000 people?
I believe you have formed your opinion already.***[/This section is important]***
There were two reasons of us not appealing.
1. Time was limited.
We were afraid we did not have enough time to promote the new march time and route, uninformed participants might enter the original path.
Judging by the way the HKPF have been handling peaceful rallies in recent months, even our march was conducted peacefully, the HKPF would surely announce it as an unlawful assembly and disperse the crowd with brutal force.
2. Historically, the role of the HKPF in rallies has been to maintain public order.
However, as you may have known, the HKPF have now become the observers.
Once they observe an action which they can easily allege as offending the law, they would rush into the crowd, subdue the person with brutal force, and announce the rally as an 'unlawful assembly'.
Then they would use tear gas, pepper-spray balls, bean-bag bullets, rubber bullets, or even live armament to threaten and disperse the peaceful crowd.
Due to concerns about public safety, we have no choice but to decide not to appeal and cancel the march.
We would also like to announce that, to ensure the personal safety of protesters, we are not going to hold any rally until the HKPF no longer incite, act hostile, or use excessive force against the protesters, and truly fulfil their oath when they became police:
"I, (Officer's Name) (swear by Almighty God, do solemnly and sincerely declare) that I will well and faithfully serve the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region according to law as a police officer, that I will obey uphold and maintain the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region that I will execute the powers and duties of my office honestly, faithfully and diligently without fear of or favour to any person and with malice or ill-will toward none, and that I will obey without question all lawful orders of those set in authority over me."
Team Si Wing @ LIHKG
24 Dec 2019
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