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The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 07 June 2020

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05 June 2020: 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.

04 June 2020: While The US And China Spar, Hong Kong Commemorates The Tiananmen Square Massacre Despite Police Bans.

While China and the US continue to spar over the situation in Hong Kong, Chinese media outlets in the US; and Chinese passenger flights from to the US, US President Donald Trump is not considering placing placing sanctions on Chinese President Xi Jinping personally over China's push to impose security laws on Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, people are set to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre by lighting candles throughout the city, after police had banned an annual vigil, citing coronavirus.

Tensions between all actors involved continues to simmer.

03 June 2020: 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.

02 June 2020: Violent Protests Wrack The US As Protests Over The Death Of George Floyd Occur Around The World.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly called on governors to ‘dominate’ the protest situations in their states during a private call.

As violent protests spread throughout the US, protest activity has broken out in other countries, including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and New Zealand.

Will the protests in other countries also turn violent?

Will radical activists seek to steer international protests towards violence?

This outcome cannot be ruled out at this time.

01 June 2020: US President Trump To Declare Antifa A Terrorist Organisation.

US President Donald Trump will designate the far-left political activist group 'Antifa', short for anti-fascists, as a terrorist group.

The group, who widely and often-times indiscriminately use violence and intimidation to achieve their aims (video evidence is widely available online), have had blame placed on them by Trump for playing a role of agitator and facilitator in the riots that are occurring in the US over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer (with demonstrators protesting over police brutality by white officers against african-americans).

The group's ideology is heavily rooted in Marxism, and while their name explicitly implies they are anti-fascism, they paradoxically attempt to violently silence anyone who disagrees with them (evidence widely available online). In addition to this, they appear to enjoy generally positive coverage by liberal media outlets such as CNN (see https://bit.ly/3dlgL3d and https://bit.ly/2AoOTfV) that justifies the use of violence.

From a security perspective, Antifa presents a significant risk to safety. The group appears to be well organised (command structure, cell-level operations), use violence as an immediate action and are comprised of mostly young, university-aged members.

Justified by Trump? Or just innocent kids fighting for their rights?

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