Hong Kong: Dozens mark protest march anniversary with shopping centre demo

Dozens of protesters marked the anniversary of last June's huge protest march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill by demonstrating inside a shopping centre in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Protesters were seen holding banners and chanting slogans, as well as singing the unofficial anthem of the protest movement, 'Glory to Hong Kong,' at the Times Square shopping centre in Causeway Bay. Police could be seen stopping people and checking their IDs at the nearby Victoria Park and next to the metro station at Causeway Bay. On June 16 2019, hundreds of thousands took to the streets for a protest march, with protest organisers stating that nearly two million had participated, while police said that turnout peaked at 338,000. Although protests died down in the face of restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, demonstrators returned to the streets in May, after Beijing announced it would be instituting a new national security law in the territory. China's National People's Congress voted in favour of drafting the law, which would ban sedition, foreign interference, and treason, while circumventing Hong Kong's legislature, on May 28.

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