Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (11 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert

Location:

  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Tai Po
  • Sha Tin
  • Causeway Bay
  • Victoria Park
  • Central
  • Edinburgh Square

Event:
On Friday, October 11, media report that protesters plan to hold rallies at shopping malls across Hong Kong at 9:00 p.m., as well as a protest in Tai Po (New Territories). On Saturday, October 12, media report that protesters plan to gather in shopping malls at 1:00 p.m. and stage a protest in Sha Tin (New Territories). On Sunday, October 13, there are media reports that protesters have planned “Thank You World” rallies at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Edinburgh Square in Central at 7:00 p.m. This list is not necessarily exhaustive; protests at other times and locations may also occur. Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal.

Protests are likely to disrupt transportation across Hong Kong. MTR stations can be closed and other transportation options can be cancelled on short notice. Over the past week, some MTR stations have been closed for extended periods of time and the MTR network has closed earlier than usual.

Since June 2019, large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong, including MTR stations, shopping malls, and at Hong Kong International airport. While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. On October 4, the government invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at public gatherings.

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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