On 29 April 2020, Hong Kong’s Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) announced that on 1 May it will erect booths throughout the city to encourage residents to join labor unions. The CTU previously planned to hold a Labor Day march on 1 May, but authorities denied the request and subsequent appeal on 29 April. It remains unknown if police officers plan to remove the booths. Several protests unaffiliated with the CTU are also scheduled to take place in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, Tai Po and Sai Ying Pun on 1 May. Violent confrontations between protesters and police officers are a possibility.
Analyst Comment: As the number COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong continues to decline, anti-government protesters have begun staging rallies throughout the city in recent days. Police officers are quick to disperse the demonstrations, and there have been no reports of violence. However, there are traditionally large demonstrations in Hong Kong on 1 May, and it is possible that any large protests could restart the violent anti-government protests that began in 2019