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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 03 June 2020

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Migrants from Africa, Cuba and Haiti, who are stranded in Honduras after borders were closed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, scuffle with police officers while trekking northward in an attempt to reach the U.S., in Choluteca, Honduras June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera


African, Cuban And Haitian Migrants Leave Honduras For The US.


Migrants from Africa, Cuba and Haiti have reportedly resumed their trek to the US, after being stuck in Honduras during the COVID-19 lockdown.


While the US deals with race riots across the country, along with the world's highest death toll during the COVID-19 pandemic, a migrant caravan of significant size would likely add to their problems from a security perspective.


It seems like these migrants haven't been watching the news lately.


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The Daily Quick-Look for 03 June 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. UNITED STATES – Political/Security: Protesters Clash With Police In New York City In Latest Demonstrations

BLUF: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of U.S. cities on Tuesday for an eighth consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, clashing with police and looting stores in New York City. In New York City, thousands of chanting and cheering protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew to march from the Barclays Center in Flatbush toward the Brooklyn Bridge as police helicopters whirred overheard. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Looting and rioting have been synonymous with these protests across the US, with agitators organizing and conducting it using the protests as concealment to initiate violent and destructive activities. Most recently a group of police was rammed with a vehicle in Buffalo, New York, with three police officers seriously injured. During the protests, several deaths of African-Americans have occurred across the US, including a retired police captain murdered while checking on a friend’s shop in St Louis, Missouri; while a restaurant owner killed in Louisville, Kentucky by Police and National Guard after he was seen discharging a firearm amongst a crowd; and a security guard shot and killed in Oakland, California.


2. HONDURAS – Security (Humanitarian): African, Haitian Migrants In Honduras Defy Border Closure In Attempt To Reach US

BLUF: African, Cuban and Haitian migrants stranded in Honduras after borders were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic began trekking northward on Tuesday in an attempt to reach the United States, migration authorities said. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Migrant caravans out of Honduras occurred recently over the 2017 – 2018 period, with thousands arriving at the US – Mexico border. The migrant caravans were reported to have also been infiltrated by significant security risks, including people traffickers and Islamic State extremists.


3. INDIA – Security (Humanitarian): Cyclone Nisarga: India Evacuates 100,000 As Mumbai Awaits Historic Storm

BLUF: At least 100,000 people including coronavirus patients were being moved to safety as India’s west coast braced for a cyclone – the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in more than 70 years. Authorities in India’s financial capital, which is struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, evacuated nearly 150 virus patients from a recently built field hospital to a facility with a concrete roof as a precautionary measure, officials said on Tuesday. (The Guardian. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The situation could see not only a death toll from the cyclone, but escalating numbers of COVID-19 infected as people are shifted into shelters.


4. HONG KONG – Political: UK To Change Immigration Rules For Hong Kong Citizens If China Passes Law

BLUF: Britain will change its immigration rules and offer millions of people in Hong Kong "a route to citizenship" if China imposes new security laws, Boris Johnson has said. Writing in the Times, Mr Johnson said the UK would "have no choice" but to uphold its ties with the territory. China is facing mounting criticism over its planned law. Many people in Hong Kong fear it could end their unique freedoms, which the rest of China does not have. (BBC. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The situation in Hong Kong continues to simmer as Beijing continues to push legislation through, despite international condemnation; lead by the US, UK, Australia and Canada.


5. NEW ZEALAND – Political: New Zealand Could Return To Normal Life As Early As Next Week

BLUF: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday she could lift all social distancing measures to return the country to normal life, bar the international border closure, as early as next week. Ardern will decide on Monday whether the country is ready to shift to alert level 1, more than two months after she imposed a strict level 4 lockdown, shutting most businesses and forcing people to stay home, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While New Zealand citizens are anxious to have restrictions lifted, the Black Lives Matter Protests that occurred in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 01 June saw thousands of people ignore the law-enforced 100-person-gathering limit. The protests were allowed to carry on despite the ignoring of the COVID-19 rules that the New Zealand government has so far strictly enforced, reportedly with police fearing that tensions would flare; according to the Police Minister.


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