Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (26 May 2020)

Demonstration Alert

Locations: 

  • Legislative Council Complex and surrounding areas
  • Hong Kong Island
  • Kowloon
  • New Territories
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls

Events:

On Wednesday, May 27, a protest may occur near the Legislative Council Complex in Central, Hong Kong, according to media reports.  Protests at other times and locations may also occur.

Protests are likely to disrupt transportation across Hong Kong.  MTR stations may be closed and other transportation options may be cancelled on short notice.  Over the past year, some MTR stations have closed for extended periods and the MTR network has at times closed earlier than usual.

Since June 2019, large scale and smaller 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 tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons.  Some protesters have lit fires, built barricades, and thrown Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs).  Police have identified and seized weapons and explosive materials linked to ongoing protest activity.

Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal.

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.

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