The Chinese flag was raised on Hong Kong's Golden Bauhinia Square on Tuesday, as part of an official ceremony celebrating China's National Day.

According to reports, thousands are expected to take to the streets to protest the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, reportedly prompting local authorities to hold the flag-raising ceremony behind closed doors. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam also told local media that the city will strive to hold solemn events in a safe environment to celebrate the occasion.

Hong Kong has been rocked since March by demonstrations sparked by a planned, but now-withdrawn extradition bill. The rallies have evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration.

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