Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (13 December 2019)

Demonstration Alert

Locations:

  • Hong Kong Island
  • Kowloon
  • New Territories
  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls
  • Hong Kong Higher Education Facilities
  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Salisbury Park
  • Central
  • Edinburgh Place

Events:
On Friday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m., media report a “Yau Tsim Mong District x Sham Shuipo” student rally at Salisbury Park in Tsim Sha Tsui.   On Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m., media report that a pre-strike rally for the social welfare sector will occur 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, 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.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.

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