Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (31 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert


  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Hong Kong Higher Education Facilities
  • Tin Hau
  • Causeway Bay
  • Victoria Park
  • Wan Chai
  • Golden Bauhinia Square
  • Admiralty
  • Central
  • Lan Kwai Fong
  • Western District
  • Prince Edward
  • Kowloon

On Thursday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m., media report that protesters plan to hold a “Forget 8/31 Not” rally at Prince Edward and other MTR stations in Kowloon. At 7:30 pm, media report that protesters plan to march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Lan Kwai Fong in Central and have called for participants to wear masks. This march coincides with annual Halloween celebrations, and police have said they may order party-goers to “remove their masks to check their identities if they are chanting slogans instead of celebrating Halloween,” according to media reports. Road blocks are possible in Tin Hau, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Admiralty, Lan Kwai Fong, and Central. The MTR has announced it will close Prince Edward station from 2:00 p.m., Central station from 9:00 p.m., and all other stations at 11:00 p.m.

On Friday, November 1, at 9:00 p.m., media report that protesters plan a “Run Together HKers” run from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Western District to Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.

On Saturday, November 2, at 3:00 p.m., media report that protestors plan to hold a “112 Emergency Call for Aid and Autonomy” rally at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

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.