Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (15 November 2019)

Demonstration Alert

The Department of State has reissued its Travel Advisory for Hong Kong with updates to information on civil unrest. There has been no change to the level of the advisory, which remains at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. Read the updated Travel Advisory here.

Locations:

  • Hong Kong Island
  • Kowloon
  • New Territories
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Hong Kong Higher Education Facilities

Event:
On Friday, November 15, media report continuing calls by protesters for city-wide strikes and traffic disruptions. Roadblocks are possible throughout Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories. Demonstrations have disrupted multiple train and bus lines, with some services suspended.

On Friday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m., media report a “Silver Hair Group” rally at Chater Garden in Central. On Friday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m., media report a rally by secondary school students at Kwai Fong Road Playground in Kwai Fong. Also on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m., media report a “Support Xinjiang and Tibet” rally at Edinburgh Place in Central.

On Sunday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m., media report a “Glory to Hong Kong” rally and human chain at Chater Garden in Central. On Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m., media report a “30th Anniversary of Sweeping Changes to Eastern Europe” rally at Edinburgh Place in Central.

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, universities, and at Hong Kong International airport. While many demonstrations have been peaceful, some have resulted in violent confrontations between protesters and police – or between protesters and people who oppose the demonstrations – leading to serious injuries. 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.

Protests, which can take place with little or no notice at any time of the week, are likely to continue and are often accompanied by vandalism and/or violence.

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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