On Friday, June 12, demonstrators have gathered in multiple locations across Hong Kong to commemorate the first anniversary of major clashes with security forces during anti-government protests in 2019. Police have reportedly dispersed groups of protesters in several key locations across the territory. Demonstrations are taking place in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, and Kwun Tong, among other places. Reports also indicate that a man was stabbed by an assailant in Kwun Tong. While the attacker was detained at the scene, no details were given on the condition of the protester.
Further associated protests are likely across Hong Kong in the near term.
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 While the bill was withdrawn in September, mass protests continue to be organized to demand government reforms and police accountability over violence since the start of the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 June 12, public gatherings of more than eight people remain forbidden due to the virus.
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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