Umbrella group behind Hong Kong’s largest protests, Civil Human Rights Front, disbands

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The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the pro-opposition umbrella group behind some of the largest protests in Hong Kong history, announced on Sunday, August 15, 2021, that it had disbanded. The decision came amid a police investigation into the group’s legality, with authorities questioning it over its finances and its role in a declaration submitted to the UN. Founded in 2002, the front was composed of human rights and pro-democracy groups. In the past 19 years, it has organised many mass rallies in the city, including record-breaking demonstrations during the 2019 anti-government protests, and Hong Kong’s annual July 1 march marking the day of the city’s return to China in 1997.

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