Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (20 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

Events:

On Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., media report a planned rally at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay. Media also report a rally to support detained demonstrators outside Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre at 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m., media report a “Say No to Pork Barrel Politics” rally at Edinburgh Place in Central and a demonstration in Tsim Sha Tsui at 2:00 p.m. Media also report sit-in silent protests in commemoration of the five-month anniversary of the “Yuen Long Terrorist Attack” at the Chai Wan MTR station and at Yoho Mall in Yuen Long.

On Sunday, December 22 at 3:30 p.m., media report a “Solidarity with Uyghurs” rally at Edinburgh Place in Central.

On Monday, December 23 at 12:00 p.m., media report a call for a non-cooperation movement at the Revenue Tower in Wanchai. Media also report a Hong Kong Insurance Union-organized gathering at 4:00 p.m. at the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui. At 7:00 p.m., media report a music industry strike assembly at Chater Garden in Central, during which organizers are expected to call for a 5-day strike.

On Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., media report a gathering at ten shopping centers in Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Shatin, Causeway Bay, Taikoo, and Wong Tai Sin. Media also report a Christmas demonstration at 8:00 p.m. from the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower to Salisbury Road East, Salisbury Road West, Mody Road, and Nathan Road.

On Wednesday, December 25 at 1:00 p.m., media report a possible demonstration in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Shatin, and Central. Media also report uncooperative movements at various shopping centers across Hong Kong at 4:00 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 few months, 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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