Organizers of a Hong Kong rally planned for outside Cathay Pacific airport offices on Wednesday moved the protest downtown after police withdrew the permit and the airline warned against an illegal demonstration.
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions changed the site of the protest, targeting dismissals of Cathay staff and an atmosphere described as “white terror” in the central financial district to ensure security, its site said on Facebook.
The carrier said in a statement late Tuesday police had stopped the planned protest around Cathay City, its airport headquarters, adding there was zero tolerance for “violent activities” and any staff participating.
Cathay has been caught in the crossroads between authorities in Beijing and anti-government protesters who have staged ever-violent demonstrations since June that have grown to present the former British colony’s biggest challenge since returning to Chinese rule in 1997.
Protests at the Asian financial center have been the biggest challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012. Authorities in Beijing have sent a clear warning that forceful intervention is possible to stave off violence.
It has since evolved into calls for greater democracy under the “one country, two systems” formula under which Hong Kong has been administered since 1997, guaranteeing freedoms that include an independent judiciary.
“We have reviewed the data and I must point out that such rumors are completely false. Also, we have not received any official reports or complaints,” the head of the Public Relations Branch Police Tse Chun-chung said in the statement.
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