Commissioner of  Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung has said Hong Kong does not want another massive protest in the run-up to the first anniversary of the Umbrella Movement.

Speaking on a radio programme over the weekend, Lo said: “The public, including the police, really do not want to see what has happened last year happen again this year.”

Police Commissioner Stephen Lo.

Lo said the police had received several applications to hold public assemblies on September 28, a day which marked the start of the Umbrella Movement last year after police fired tear gas into crowds of protesters.

“I appeal to all, who really want to make their noises heard, to apply to the police and send their notice to police concerning their public meeting and their public procession,” Lo said.

Harcourt Road during Umbrella Movement. Photo: Wikimedia.

Several pro-democracy groups including the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) held a meeting on Friday to discuss how to commemorate the Umbrella Movement but could not reach a consensus, Ming Pao reported.

Other media reports have said HKFS and student group Scholarism plan to organise public events from September 26 to September 28 to reflect on the movement a year on.

According to the government’s website, the police have not issued any “letters of no objection” for public assemblies on September 28. For September 27, an event to support dissidents in China, to be held in Tsim Sha Tsui by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, has been approved.

The Umbrella Movement swept three downtown business districts in Hong Kong last year – Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok. Protesters calling for “genuine universal suffrage” occupied multiple main roads for up to 79 days.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.