Police disperse crowds in “no objection” assemblies by force
On the afternoon of 2nd November, 2019, there were three events on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon that were issued Letters of No Objection. These included the “Human Rights, Democracy and Sing with You” at Park Lane in Tsim Sha Tsui, the origami crane assembly at Chater Garden in Central and the Edinburgh Place assembly urging the US to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as soon as possible. Nearly 1,000 people joined the assembly in Edinburgh Place in Central at 17:00, but the assembly had to be aborted as the police interrupted the assembly shortly after it began and specified that the venue would be cleared by force.
In addition, netizens initiated a “Sing with You” event in Tsim Sha Tsui in the afternoon. Although a letter of no objection was issued, police started to set up defence at the Star Ferry Pier at around 15:00 and stopped and intercepted four men and one woman, all of whom were known to be minors, before taking them away. At the scene of the assembly, a large number of riot police officers suddenly appeared and turned on the megaphone to warn that items covering the face should be removed immediately, or they would be dispersed and arrested. There was an uproar from all the civilians present.