Protesters are organizing another massive human chain in Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo: Asia Times

Calling on people to carry lanterns and form a human chain across Hong Kong, protesters are preparing for the second “Hong Kong Way” on Friday night, the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“Be Water – Mid-Autumn Lanterns Appreciation Gala” is being held in parks in various districts to celebrate the full moon with “entertainments” including chanting slogans, singing songs and forming a human chain.

So far, people have responded positively to the call in Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan in the New Territories as well as Quarry Bay and Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong Island.

Some people plan to stage sit-ins at shopping malls and form human chains at Victoria Peak and Lion Rock.

However, the city’s rail operator, the MTR Corp. said it won’t be running overnight services after assessing public security risks in conjunction with government officials.

The decision was made in response to radical protesters targeting MTR stations in recent weeks, vandalizing ticket machines and turnstiles. Their anger was sparked by a decision to close stations near planned protest sites over the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, the police on Friday rejected a permission request from the Civil Human Rights Front for a march on Sunday on Hong Kong Island, citing safety concerns.

The Civil Human Rights Front, which organized two massive marches in June that attracted three million peaceful people, originally planned a march starting in Causeway Bay and ending in Central. However, the police said they believed the participants would deviate from the planned route, threatening public safety.

They said violence, road blockages and destruction resulted from previous marches organized by the group.

Police have banned a number of protests in recent weeks, but most protesters have demonstrated regardless.

Jimmy Sham, the convenor, said they are disappointed with the police decision, saying it’s unreasonable for the police to suppress freedom of assembly.

The front’s vice-convenor, Bonnie Leung, said the ban is only making people more angry, and could even radicalize others. “If peaceful protests don’t work, or are not permitted at all, it’s human nature that people will go more and more radical, people will escalate their action. It is like declaring war on even the most peaceful protesters,” she said.
Earlier in the day, the appeal board also upheld a police ban on a march that had been planned in Tin Shui Wai on Saturday, citing safety concerns.
Protesters originally planned to conduct another “stress test” of the airport on Saturday. However, according to the latest schedule on LIHKG, online citizens postponed the event. Previous actions led to the cancellation or delay of flights, blocked roads, street fires, and various types of damage at Tung Chung MTR station.

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