Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (18 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert


  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Hong Kong Higher Education Facilities
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Central
  • Chater Garden
  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Salisbury Garden
  • West Kowloon Station
  • Shatin

On Friday, October 18, media report that protesters plan to hold a rally to protest police violence at Zhongshan Square at the University of Hong Kong at 5:00 p.m. They also plan to form human chains while wearing face masks at MTR stations across Hong Kong at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 19, media report protesters have planned an International Humanitarian Rescue Prayers (Hongkongers S.O.S.) Rally at Chater Garden in Central at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, October 20, media report that the Civil Human Rights Front has applied for permission for a march in Tsim Sha Tsui from Salisbury Park to the West Kowloon Train Station at 1:30 p.m. Media also report that protesters are planning to form a human chain in Shatin from The Riverpark to Sand Martin Bridge at 8:00 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 several weeks, 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.