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UK NewsHong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations

09:00  12 september  2019
09:00  12 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Hong Kong Mid - Autumn Festival. These are some of the main Lantern and Mid - Autumn celebrations in Hong Kong which are easy to get to and are very accesible for visitors For more information on this year's Mid - Autumn Lantern Carnivals and Exhibitions check out the official site of

As always, Hong Kong will celebrate with various cultural events and festivities. This year, the highlights of 2019 Hong Kong Mid - Autumn Festival Celebrations are still the Mid - Autumn Lantern Carnivals in various districts, Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Victoria Park Fire Dragon Dance and

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a sign in support of anti-government protesters at a football World Cup qualifier match between Hong Kong and Iran, at Hong Kong Stadium

By Jessie Pang and Felix Tam

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong activists will combine anti-government protests with lantern celebrations marking the Mid-Autumn Festival this weekend after a brief lull in sometimes violent demonstrations which have rocked the Chinese-ruled city since June.

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold hands as they form a human chain in Hong Kong

The protests include another in a series of "stress tests" of the airport, which in recent weeks have seen approach roads blocked, street fires started and the trashing of a nearby MTR subway station.

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Mid - Autumn Festival lanterns at a shop in Hong Kong . A notable part of celebrating the holiday is Neighbourhoods across Hong Kong set impressive lantern exhibitions with traditional stage Before 1941, There were also some celebration of Mid - Autumn Festival held in small villages in Hong Kong .

Mid - Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in Hong Kong , with lantern being an icon and "must-have item" for this festival. Two expatriate

Protesters also jammed the airport arrivals hall last month, leading to cancelled or delayed flights and clashes with police.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest celebration throughout the Chinese-speaking world. In East and Southeast Asia it is celebrated with mooncakes, gazing at the full moon and colourful lantern displays. It falls on Friday this year.

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold hands as they form a human chain in Hong Kong

Protesters plan a series of lantern-carrying human chains and sit-ins at MTR shopping malls and on the city's scenic Victoria Peak, popular with mainland tour groups, and on Lion Rock, separating the New Territories from the Kowloon peninsula.

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students shout slogans as they form a human chain in Hong Kong

Police denied the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) permission for a mass downtown march on Sunday.

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3. Urban Mid - Autumn Lantern Carnival: Victoria Park. The legendary Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade will make its grand appearance on September This event is marked as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong . 4. New Territories West Mid - Autumn Lantern Carnival: Tuen Mun Park.

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"In previous marches applied for by CHRF, participants, reporters and police suffered serious injuries," police said in their refusal letter to the group.

"Some protesters acted violently and blocked the main road and even used petrol bombs, bricks and iron bars to damage public facilities and social peace."

The group has appealed.

Police have responded to violence with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannon and baton charges, prompting complaints of excessive force.

Protesters also plan to gather outside the British consulate on Sunday to make sure China honours the Sino-British Joint Declaration which was signed in 1984, laying out the former British colony's future.

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold a Pepe the Frog plush toy with an eye patch as they form a human chain during a demonstration in Hong Kong

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the Joint Declaration.

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Glowing lanterns and fire-breathing dragons are not just scenes from "Lord of the Rings" or "Game of Thrones." They can also be spotted in Hong Kong , as the city brings its own unique blend of tradition and innovation to the Mid - Autumn Festival celebrations .

Hong Kong will be celebrating the Mid - Autumn Festival in style at the Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland this year. The centrepiece attraction is Golden Moon

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold a Stitch plush toy with an eye patch as they form a human chain during a demonstration in Hong Kong

Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including an independent legal system.

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold a Pepe the Frog plush toy with an eye patch as they form a human chain during a demonstration in Hong Kong

The current unrest was originally prompted by anger over planned legislation to allow extraditions to China, but has broadened into calls for democracy and for Communist rulers in Beijing to leave the city alone.

China denies meddling and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

(Additional reporting by Twinnie Siu; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Michael Perry)

Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students hold hands as they form a human chain in Hong Kong Hong Kong protests combine with Mid-Autumn lantern celebrations © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Secondary school students shout slogans as they form a human chain in Hong Kong

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