Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (2 June 2021)

Demonstration Alert

Locations:

Victoria Park

Events:

The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau has advised its employees and all American citizens in Hong Kong to avoid Victoria Park on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, and to exercise caution when approaching large gatherings or demonstrations anywhere in the city.

Local media report the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) will have more than 3,000 anti-riot officers on standby to prevent any unlawful gatherings following the city-wide ban on unauthorized assemblies related to the anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.  The city-wide ban includes the annual candlelight vigil in Victoria Park, which has been specifically disallowed.  This deployment is expected to be the HKPF’s largest deployment of tactical officers this year.

The HKPF are expected to arrest anyone in violation of the citywide assembly ban.  The HKPF are expected to set up roadblocks in the vicinity of Victoria Park and stop and search vehicles in violation of the ban.

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 or any large gatherings.
  • 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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