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09 Jun 2020 | 06:09 AM UTC

Hong Kong: Demonstration planned on June 9 to commemorate anniversary of pro-democracy protests /update 213

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Pro-democracy protesters announce plans to rally on June 9 at 18:30 (local time) to commemorate the anniversary of pro-democracy demonstrations; transportation and business disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/9/2020, 9:00 AM until 6/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

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Event

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are planning to hold flash rallies on Tuesday, June 9, in commemoration of the first anniversary since the start of the demonstrations. According to messaging groups, organizers have called on for protesters to gather at 18:30 (local time), though details of the location will only be announced one-hour prior at 17:30.

Protests across the territory are possible in the coming hours and may result in confrontations with security forces. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of all protests.

Context

Demonstrations have been held throughout Hong Kong since June 2019 to protest a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. While the bill was withdrawn in September, mass protests continue to be organized to demand government reforms and police accountability over violence since the start of the demonstrations.

After a break in protests due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, demonstrations have increased in frequency since the relaxation of COVID-19 measures in late April. There has also been an uptick in protest activity since Beijing proposed introducing a controversial new security law in May 2020. However, as of May 28, public gatherings of more than eight people remain forbidden due to the virus.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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