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Friday, October 11, 2019

GLORY TO HONG KONG: BLACK BAUHINIA MARCH IN BOSTON 10/12

For Immediate Release
Oct 9, 2019
  
GLORY TO HONG KONG: BLACK BAUHINIA MARCH IN BOSTON
HONGKONGERS IN BOSTON AREA GATHER AGAIN TO SUPPORT HONG KONG DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT

BOSTON - After four months of protests, the anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong has evolved into an anti-authoritarian movement to refute the Chinese Communist Party’s political influence in Hong Kong and the violent oppression of universal values. CCP and its puppetized HKSAR government have been scandalizing the protest with disinformation to disguise their brutal oppression of Hong Kong’s protests.


Two weeks ago, pro-CCP supporters in Boston organized a flag-raising ceremony at Boston City Hall, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which was approved by the City of Boston and supported by City Councilor Ed Flynn. However, our request to raise the Black Bauhinia Flag of Hong Kong on Oct. 12 was denied by City Hall without any written statement of reasoning. We strongly believe that we, the Hongkongers, deserve the freedom to raise our flag at the same location. It signifies the bloodshed of Hong Kong people under state violence and the erosion of Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy, and expresses our political stance at the same location. The City official verbally stated on the phone that the requested flag is not an official flag of Hong Kong. However, we consider this as an illegitimate reason, since the transgender and LGBTQ Flags are both unofficial community flags for LGBTQ+ social movements. They were both raised at the same location during the Boston Pride Week on May 31.

Although we are disappointed by their decision, we will abide by the denial notice for now. In place of the flag-raising ceremony, we are organizing a march on Oct. 12 namely “Glory to Hong Kong: Black Bauhinia March in Boston,” to alert Bostonians of the situation in Hong Kong and express our firm support for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong. The march will start at 2 p.m. from the Boston Common Parade Ground and end at Boston City Hall by 4 p.m.

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