• The demonstration is one of three approved rallies on Saturday as the city gears up for its 11th weekend of protests
  • Teachers' rally in morning saw a large turnout despite heavy rain
Photo: Thomas Yau

Hong Kong enters its 11th weekend of protests with a march in Hung Hom starting on Saturday afternoon on a hopeful note, after two events held earlier ended without incident.

After a peacefully rally on Friday night and morning march in the rain by teachers on Saturday morning, thousands are now setting off from Hung Hom. Police had earlier banned the march but gave last-minute approval after a change of route, from Hoi Sham Park in To Kwa Wan to Whampoa MTR station.

All eyes will be on whether protesters will once again deviate from the planned route or clash with police after the event, as happened in nearly all weekend demonstrations. Police have recently displayed vehicles armed with water cannons, but did not confirm when they would be deployed.

Earlier, the teachers' rally in Central kicked off under heavy rain, as thousands of educators marched from Chater Garden to Government House in a show of solidarity with young protesters.

Meanwhile, the pro-government camp will hold an "anti-violence" rally at 5pm at Tamar Park in Admiralty, with the Safeguard Hong Kong Alliance calling on people to gather in non-black attire.

These are the three approved demonstrations for Hong Kong on Saturday, the latest in more than two months of civil unrest sparked by the now-shelved extradition bill, which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions with which the city has no such agreement, including mainland China.

Follow our blog below for the latest updates. Reporting by Kimmy Chung, Kanis Leung, Lee Jeong-ho, Alvin Lum, Simone McCarthy, Victor Ting and Karen Zhang.

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