Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (04 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert

Location:

  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Causeway Bay
  • Victoria Park
  • Kowloon
  • Prince Edward

Event:
On Friday, October 4, media report that protesters plan to hold rallies at shopping malls across Hong Kong at 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 5, media report that protesters plan to gather in shopping malls in Kowloon and the New Territories at 1:00 p.m. and to hold a rally at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, October 6, there are reports of another rally at Victoria Park at 2:00 p.m. On Monday, October 7, a rally at Prince Edward station is planned by protesters at 7:00 p.m. Please note that October 7 marks the Chung Yeung Festival, a public holiday in Hong Kong.

There are also media reports that other protests or rallies could take place across Hong Kong in response to the government’s decision to invoke the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at public gatherings.

Protests are likely to disrupt transportation across Hong Kong. Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal.

Since June 2019, large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in many areas of Hong Kong, including MTR stations, shopping malls, and at Hong Kong International Airport. While protests are generally peaceful, they have increasingly turned violent. We continue to see confrontations between protesters and police, during which police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue.

Actions to Take:.

  • Monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.

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