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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 05 June 2020

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FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australian Prime Minister Urges Australians Not To Take Part In Black Lives Matter Protests

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to not take part in the Black Lives Matter protests planned for the weekend, citing coronavirus safety concerns.

Protests are expected to draw thousands in major cities, with some state police and lawmakers approving the protests, despite the health risks.

Lockdown Protesters in Melbourne and Sydney were arrested only weeks ago due to breaking restrictions around social distancing, however these protests were primarily anti-government in nature.

Is coronavirus no longer a risk according to some governments, with thousands gathering to protest around the world?

Is all the previous media hype around a 'second wave' outbreak deemed to not be a risk anymore?

Are people still outraged at social distancing rules being broken?

The world seems to have a very short memory.

(See Point 6 Below)

The Daily Quick-Look for 05 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/Economic: US To Revise Chinese Passenger Airline Ban After Beijing Move

BLUF: The U.S. Transportation Department plans to issue a revised order in the coming days that is likely to allow some Chinese passenger airline flights to continue, government and airline officials said. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: China will ease coronavirus restrictions to allow for more foreign airlines to fly into China, meaning that the US airlines can resume once-per-week flights.

2. PANAMA – Security (Humanitarian): Stranded In Central America, Migrants Demand Passage To US Border

BLUF: Panama has stepped up border controls in the vast and wild Darien Province that neighbors Colombia, authorities said on Thursday, after some members of a group of 1,900 migrants from as far afield as Africa tried to break out of a detention center to trek north. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Having been stranded due to coronavirus restrictions, it is almost certain that all migrant groups in Central American countries will resume their move towards the US. Recently a group that left Honduras under similar circumstances were detained on Thursday by authorities.

3. IRAN – Political: Iran Frees US Navy Veteran Michael White Who Was Detained For Nearly 2 Years

BLUF: Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran held in Iran for almost two years, was released by Iranian authorities on Thursday, according to a statement from his mother, Joanne White. White left Iran on a Swiss government aircraft and will return with U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook. He was released as part of an agreement between the U.S. and Iran involving a Florida dermatologist who had violated U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to The Associated Press. (NPR. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Iran will continue to look for trades of value despite its rhetoric towards the US, particularly for medical staff, as it deals with a significant coronavirus outbreak.

4. HONG KONG – Political/Security: Police Pepper Spray Hong Kongers Defying Ban To Mark Tiananmen

BLUF: Police pepper-sprayed some Hong Kong protesters on Thursday who defied a ban to stage candlelight rallies in memory of China’s bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown, accusing Beijing of stifling their freedoms too. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Hong Kong residents will almost certainly be determined to counter whatever security measures are imposed on them, given the current situation around Beijing’s new security laws. A stress test will likely occur over the new law that bans the mocking of the Chinese national anthem, and the response to the law by residents.

5. TAIWAN – Political/Security: US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait On Tiananmen Anniversary

BLUF: A United States warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the militaries from the US and Taiwan said, the same day as the 31st anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square. (Al Jazeera. See Links In Heading) Why It Matters: The US support for Taiwan has been reinforced with the signing of the TAIPEI Act and the US endorsement of Taiwan for its inclusion in the World Health Organisation. Events in Hong Kong will almost certainly see US Navy activity increase in the Taiwan Strait.

6. AUSTRALIA – Political/Security (Health): Australians Urged Not To Take Part In Black Lives Matter Protests

BLUF: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people not to attend planned Black Lives Matter protests around the country this weekend, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Organizers expect thousands of people to attend rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities. The protests have split opinion, with some state police and lawmakers approving the action despite the health risks.(The Star/Reuters. See Links In Heading) Why It Matters: Morrison’s announcement regarding the planned protests and the risks posed to the public in the midst of a pandemic is likely to be unpopular with the public, despite public sentiment towards social distancing measures previously being deemed as necessary for public safety.

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