t the turn of the Lunar New Year later this month, there will be no fireworks over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.
On Wednesday, the Hong Kong government announced the cancellation of the annual fireworks display, which had been scheduled for January 26, due to “public safety considerations.”
Those considerations refer to popular unrest that has been ongoing in Hong Kong since last June, beginning as a response to a controversial extradition bill but morphing into a movement calling for greater political freedoms and police accountability.
The protests have been blamed for leading to a recession in the territory and causing tourist numbers to plummet, though most effected would appear to be lovers of fireworks. This marks the third time that a fireworks display has been called off because of the demonstrations with the same thing happening on China’s National Day and on New Year’s Day.