The Hong Kong Tennis Open, due to take place next month, has been indefinitely postponed “in light of the present situation,” the latest public event to be canceled over apparent security concerns.
Protesters also plan to join traditional celebrations of Mid Autumn Festival held across the city, co-opting the displays as a form of solidarity building, laser pointers, lanterns and mooncakes in tow.
Anyone in attendance can also expect to hear “Glory to Hong Kong,” a song which has, in a matter of days, become the unofficial anthem of the movement. This week, large flash mobs gathered in various malls across the city for mass singalongs, even entering into a sing-off with pro-Beijing protesters in the swanky IFC mall in Central, with the counter-demonstrators attempting to drown out “Glory to” with China’s anthem, “March of the Volunteers.”
The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the group which planned mass marches attended by hundreds of thousands of people early on in Hong Kong’s summer of discontent, had called for a march on Sunday, but did not receive police permission. The group is appealing that decision, but many protesters said online that they still planned to demonstrate that day, raising the potential for clashes with police over the unauthorized action.