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09 Jun 2019 | 08:40 AM UTC

Australia: Protest over Hong Kong extradition treaty in Sydney June 9

Australia News Alert

Protesters stage demonstration in Sydney’s Martin Place over proposed Hong Kong extradition treaty on June 9; associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/Sydney). COUNTRY/REGION Sydney

Event

An estimated 1000 people gathered in Sydney (New South Wales state) on Sunday, June 9, to protest a proposed extradition law in Hong Kong. Protesters marched through Martin Place in central Sydney on Sunday afternoon (local time) in solidarity with mass protests in Hong Kong. Associated disruptions are expected in the central business district.

Context

Hong Kong has proposed a law that would allow the territory to extradite people to several other countries, including mainland China. Critics are concerned the law will be used to suppress dissent and free speech. An estimated 86,000 Australians were born in Hong Kong and around 500,000 were born in China.

Advice

Individuals in Sydney are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.

 

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