Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Langham Palace shopping center in Mong Kok, on Friday, to mark the first anniversary of the million-person march against the now-withdrawn extradition bill that led to the broader anti-government protests.
Police stopped and searched protesters. They also held blue banners stating gatherings were illegal and force could be used to disperse the protesters.
On June 2019, people peacefully took to the streets to oppose the now-withdrawn bill allowing extradition to mainland China, and resulting in months of mass demonstrations throughout Hong Kong.
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.