Protests Break Out

May 28, 2020

On 27 May 2020, protests broke out across Hong Kong after trade unions called for a general strike in response to the central government’s proposed national security legislation and a proposed national anthem law in the local legislature. Clashes occurred in multiple areas — including Central near the Legislative Council Complex and Causeway Bay — after crowds of demonstrators took to the streets in violation of coronavirus-related bans on gatherings of more than eight people. Police officers deployed multiple rounds of tear gas, baton charges and pepper balls to clear the roads and deter protesters away from the Legislative Council Complex. Elsewhere in the city, protests also occurred in Wan Chai and Mong Kok, where police officers searched and arrested dozens of protesters. Reports indicate that police officers detained over 300 people as protests continued throughout the city. Several injuries have also been reported; however, the exact number is unknown at this time.

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