The Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association said it was a shame that they had to cancel the demonstration scheduled last Sunday despite striving to iron out details of the march after a number of police meetings.
The march, having obtained police approval, could have marked Hong Kong’s first public demonstration since the 2019 mass protests and three years of Covid
-19 pandemic. Yet, it was pulled at the eleventh hour a day before.
Responding on the cancellation for the first time in days, the association said it was a very tough decision to make.
“The demonstration obtained a letter of no objection from police at first. We then met with police a great number of times and tried our best and made changes to an agreement for the demonstration to be staged smoothly.
“However, we didn't get the result that we wanted and stage a demonstration and an assembly to voice out for women,” read a statement issued on the International Women’s Day.
The statement went on to say that organizations and citizens that threw their support into the demonstration were pressed and warned, bringing members’ mood to the lowest point.
Still, it called on supporters to keep their head up and don’t linger too long on the frustration.
It appealed to supporters to unite and help each other amid unfair and worsening social circumstances against women and workers.