Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigns in midst of Hong Kong protest controversy

Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigned on Friday, ending a stormy week for the Hong Kong flag carrier after it was rebuked by Beijing over the participation of some of its employees in the city’s festering anti-government protests. Paul Loo, the chief customer and commercial officer of Cathay also stepped down. “These have been challenging weeks for the airline and it is right that Paul and I take responsibility as leaders of the company,” Hogg said in a company statement. The airline was targeted by Beijing for what was seen as its failure to rein in staff taking part in protests gripping the city over the past 10 weeks. (SCMP)

Meanwhile, thousands of students gathered in central Hong Kong on Friday night, calling for the US and Britain to help the city in its fight for democracy. The rally in Chater Garden came as Hong Kong braced itself for yet another weekend of demonstrations, calling for the full withdrawal of a now-shelved extradition bill, as well as the appointment of a judge-led independent inquiry into police use of force on protesters since June. A number of protests have been scheduled. They include a march from Hung Hom to To Kwa Wan and a teachers’ rally, as well as a pro-government rally on Saturday. Those will be followed by the Civil Human Rights Front’s rally in Causeway Bay on Sunday. Police had issued letters of objection to the planned Saturday march from Hung Hom to To Kwa Wan, and also a rally at Hung Hom organised in response to the bans, as well as a separate Sunday march on Hong Kong Island organised by the front, approving only its proposed rally at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. But protesters are likely to defy the ban, as they did in previous weekends. (SCMP)

Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigned on Friday, ending a stormy week for the Hong Kong flag carrier after it was rebuked by Beijing over the participation of some of its employees in the city’s festering anti-government protests. Paul Loo, the chief customer and commercial officer of Cathay also stepped down. “These have been challenging weeks for the airline and it is right that Paul and I take responsibility as leaders of the company,” Hogg said in a company statement. The airline was targeted by Beijing for what was seen as its failure to rein in staff taking part in protests gripping the city over the past 10 weeks. (SCMP)

 

Meanwhile, thousands of students gathered in central Hong Kong on Friday night, calling for the US and Britain to help the city in its fight for democracy. The rally in Chater Garden came as Hong Kong braced itself for yet another weekend of demonstrations, calling for the full withdrawal of a now-shelved extradition bill, as well as the appointment of a judge-led independent inquiry into police use of force on protesters since June. A number of protests have been scheduled. They include a march from Hung Hom to To Kwa Wan and a teachers’ rally, as well as a pro-government rally on Saturday. Those will be followed by the Civil Human Rights Front’s rally in Causeway Bay on Sunday. Police had issued letters of objection to the planned Saturday march from Hung Hom to To Kwa Wan, and also a rally at Hung Hom organised in response to the bans, as well as a separate Sunday march on Hong Kong Island organised by the front, approving only its proposed rally at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. But protesters are likely to defy the ban, as they did in previous weekends. (SCMP)

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