Hong Kong Protests Reignite During Anniversary Celebration

Today in Security: Hong Kong Protests Reignite During Anniversary Celebration

Protesters stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building on Monday during a celebration marking the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese control. The protesters overturned barriers, shattered glass doors, and dismantled part of the metal wall that forms the building’s façade. Throughout the demonstration, riot police waited inside the building, promising to arrest anyone who entered and using batons and pepper spray on protesters, according to NPR and the BBC.

In the latest in a string of protests, thousands of people took to the streets, mostly marching peacefully in public spaces. Police redirected protesters who attempted to march toward the celebration venue, where officials were planning a ceremonial flag-raising. Given the civil unrest, most of the ceremony was moved indoors and televised instead.

The protests against increased Chinese involvement in Hong Kong continued into the night, with marchers holding their cell phones aloft to light their way.

From a security standpoint, learn more about preparing for protests in this Security Management article, as well as a list of tips for employees to stay safe during or near demonstrations.