Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (30 June 2020)

Demonstration Alert

Locations:

  • Wan Chai
  • Hong Kong Island
  • Kowloon
  • New Territories
  • Hong Kong Transit Systems
  • Hong Kong Shopping Malls

Events:

On Wednesday, July 1, media report potential protests near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Protests at other times and locations may also occur. Media report that riot police officers will be on standby across Hong Kong.

Protests are likely to disrupt transportation networks. 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 across 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.

Protests, which can take place with little or no notice at any time of the week, are likely to continue. Any protest that takes place without a permit is considered illegal.

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