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Hong Kong: Hundreds participate in pro-democracy protest July 21 /update 2

Hundreds of people participate in pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong July 21; additional related protests possible in the coming weeks

21 juill. 23h11 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 21/7/2018, 12h00 until 28/7/2018, 11h59 (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong
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Event

At least 600 people participated in a pro-democracy protest outside of Police Headquarters in Hong Kong on Saturday, July 21. The demonstration was reportedly organized after police recommended to Hong Kong's head security official that a political party advocating for Hong Kong's independence from China should be banned.

Additional pro-democracy and pro-independence demonstrations are possible in Hong Kong in the coming weeks. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near protest sites. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Concerns have grown among pro-democracy activists in recent months that special liberties and freedoms traditionally enjoyed by Hong Kong and its residents are under threat. Some activists are calling for Hong Kong to split from the mainland, a move that appears to have growing support.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all local laws.

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