Thousands of people staged protests in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan on Thursday, July 4, culminating with a crackdown by security forces. The mass demonstration was in protest of a planned incinerator facility in Yangluo, a nearby city. Up to 10,000 people participated in protests on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, and more large events were held on Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday. Riot police and other security forces forcibly dispersed protesters on Thursday night. Further protests are possible in the coming days and weeks; any public demonstration will likely result in a strong reaction by security forces, according to warnings issued by the Xinzhou district authorities. Violence between security forces and protesters is possible. Localized transportation disruptions and telecommunication disruptions, including internet restrictions, are possible.
Individuals in Wuhan and the surrounding areas are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media and messaging apps, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation and telecommunication disruptions.
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