The protest was planned to mark the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s announcement of a restrictive political reform framework for Chief Executive elections in Hong Kong – which eventually led to the 79-day pro-democracy Occupy movement in 2014.
After a two-hour meeting on Friday morning, appeal board chairman Pang Kin-kei said members unanimously agreed that the march would pose a serious safety threat and undermine public order.
Pang said the board made the decision after taking into account a series of violent incidents that followed recent demonstrations.
The police had argued during the appeal hearing that the march would pose “serious safety threats”, citing online calls to use “extreme violence” on the day.
But the front stressed it had organised peaceful rallies in the past, adding that the police should not clamp down on the freedom of assembly promised in the Basic Law.
The group said it was cancelling the protest in light of the ban. However, it stressed it will continue to apply for permission for other rallies in future.
Its vice-convenor, Bonnie Leung, added that when officials clamp down on peaceful protests and ignore public demands, it will only trigger more anger in society.
“It is human nature that when our peaceful demands, legitimate demands are not heard, it’s human nature that Hong Kong people, or any other people, would become more radical,” Leung said.
“That is exactly what the Civil Human Rights Front does not want to see and that is why we continue to request to march peacefully. But they’re not giving us the chance.”