Thousands of people attended demonstrations across New Zealand on Monday, June 1, in solidarity with ongoing protests against police violence in the US. Around 4,000 people attended the largest demonstration in Auckland, marching from Aotea Square to the US consulate general on Customs Street. At least 500 people also protested in front of the US embassy in Wellington. Smaller demonstrations were held in Christchurch and Dunedin. All the demonstrations remained peaceful and caused only localized disruption, but public health officials raised concerns over the limited adherence to social distancing measures amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Individuals in New Zealand are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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