On Sunday, June 7, protesters gathered near the US Consulate in Hong Kong to denounce racism and police brutality amid the recent police-involved killing of George Floyd. The protesters primarily consisted of international students and members of the Hong Kong League of Social Democrats, an advocacy group for human rights. The event was largely peaceful in nature with no reports of violence or arrests.
Further protests over the issue are possible in the area in the near term.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US.
Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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