Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (22 November 2019)

Demonstration Alert

On Sunday, November 24, the Hong Kong government has scheduled district council elections, with polling stations expected to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Media report that police will guard the more than 600 polling stations, which include schools and community centers across the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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 Saturday, November 23 at 11:00 a.m., media report a “Protect the Younger Generation” rally between Suffolk Road and La Salle Primary School in Kowloon.

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, and have led to serious injuries. Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.

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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