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.
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.
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.