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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 22 June 2020

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Australian State Of Victoria To Bring Back Restrictions As COVID-19 Infections Spike, Families Blamed While Protests Not Mentioned.

Victoria will bring back COVID-19 restrictions, as Premier Daniel Andrews has placed the blame of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases at the feet of families gathering and individuals not following social distancing guidlines.

Melbourne hosted a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest on 06 June, that had seen 10,000 people gather, ignoring social distancing measures; and resulting in confirmed cases of COVID-19 afterward.

While anti-government and anti-lockdown protests last month led to police making numerous arrests and attempting to break up the protests, the BLM protest represented a political minefield that Andrews seemed unwilling to negotiate; to the detriment of public safety.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 22 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. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES - Political/Security: Teenager killed in Seattle protest zone shooting, one wounded

FYSA: Seattle police on Saturday said they were investigating the fatal shooting of one person and wounding of another in a part of the city occupied by activists protesting against police brutality and racial inequality across America. Video footage after the Seattle shooting from Omari Salisbury, a reporter for Converge Media, showed a small group of police entering part of the protest zone on foot, holding riot shields and firearms, as occupants raised their hands and shouted at officers to drop their guns. The footage, seen by Reuters, also showed people surrounding multiple police cars, which then left the area. In a statement, the police called the protesters a “violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims.” (Reuters. See link in heading)

2. UNITED KINGDOM - Security: Britain labels stabbing 'atrocity' in town park as terrorism

FYSA: A stabbing rampage in the southern English town of Reading in which three people were killed and three taken to hospital was an act of terrorism, police said on Sunday, calling the attack in a sunny park an atrocity. Police said an unnamed 25-year-old man who had initially been detained on suspicion of murder had since been re-arrested under the Terrorism Act. He remains in police custody. A Western security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the arrested man was a Libyan called Khairi Saadallah. (Reuters. See link in heading)

3. ITALY- Security (Health): Italy Reports 49 Coronavirus Deaths on Saturday, 262 New Cases

FYSA: ITALY reported 49 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, compared with 47 a day earlier, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases rose to 262 from 251 on Friday. The country's death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 34,610, the agency said, the world's fourth-highest after the United States, Brazil and Britain. (US News/Reuters. See link in heading)

4. HONG KONG - Security/Political: Beijing reveals Hong Kong draft security as Chief Exec. to be given power to select judges – report , Hong Kong unions, students fail to get support for strikes against security law

BLUF: Chinese authorities are to have jurisdiction on national security crimes in Hong Kong whilst the chief executive will be able to designate judges to handle those cases, according to details released by state-run Xinhua news agency on Saturday. (HKFP. See link in heading)

Pro-democracy labor unions and a student group in Hong Kong failed to garner enough support to hold strikes against looming national security legislation imposed by Beijing, in a blow for the Chinese-ruled city’s protest movement. (Reuters. See link in heading)

Why It Matters: Such moves by Beijing will render Hong Kong's courts a political weapon for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to use at will. Where protesters were concerned about the proposed extradition laws of 2019, the ability for the Chief Executive to hand pick judges will enable Beijing to enact its will right in Hong Kong itself, rather than extradite. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has proven time and again that the Hong Kong executive is heavily compromised, and having relentlessly pushed Beijing's objectives forward; represents a strong example of the bias that a Chief Executive will show towards Beijing when it comes to picking judges.

5. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Fears over today’s virus numbers in Victoria

BLUF: All are eyes are on Victoria today, where it is feared a spike in coronavirus cases after almost 100 new infections in the past five days. Victorians today will be waking up to a raft of reversed restrictions after an upswing in coronavirus cases over the weekend. The state has seen a sharp increase in cases over the past week, with fears it is facing a second wave sadly looking more and more possible. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has blamed the spike in cases on large family gatherings and people not following social distancing measures. (News.com.au. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Victoria had recently hosted a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest on 06 June, that saw approximately 10,000 people attend. From this protest, several people tested positive for COVID-19. While Andrews has placed the blame at the feet of family gatherings and people not following social distancing guidelines, he has paradoxically not also placed blame on the BLM protest, which is the largest and most visible example of avoiding social distancing measures. The application of COVID-19 safety measures appears to have taken a political turn.

6. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): 'We are set up for cases to emerge' - Jacinda Ardern defends border policy

FYSA: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pushing back at National's (New Zealand's National Party is the current opposition party) claims that the mismanagement of the country's borders will hit growth and cost jobs during the recovery from Covid-19. National is criticising the government's mishandling of the border saying it will cost New Zealanders jobs, by damaging the economy and delaying the reopening of the country. Economists generally agree that unemployment could spiral to unprecedented levels if New Zealand were to enter lockdown again. National's finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith told Morning Report that an effective testing scheme at the border is linked to improving the state of our economy. (RNZ. See link in heading)

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