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Demonstration Alert: Hong Kong (China), Protests planned for the weekend

Location:

-        Hong Kong

-        Hong Kong International Airport

-        Hong Kong Transit Systems

-        Hong Kong Shopping Malls

-        Hong Kong Higher Education Facilities

-        Admiralty

-        Tamar Park

-        Central

-        Tuen Mun

-        Kwun Tong

-        Tsuen Wan

-        Shatin

-        Tai Po

-        Mongkok

-        Causeway Bay

-        Tseung Kwan O

 

Event:

On Saturday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m., media report that protesters plan to hold a prayer gathering in support of those who have been injured during recent protests at Tamar Park in Admiralty.  On Sunday, November 10, media report a peace memorial gathering at the Cenotaph in Central at 10:45 a.m.  Media also report various protest activities across eight districts at 1:00 p.m., including Tuen Mun, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Shatin, Tai Po, Mongkok, Causeway Bay, and Tseung Kwan O, and a march in Tuen Mun to protest the police use of tear gas at 2:00 p.m.  On Monday, November 11, media report a call by protesters for city-wide strikes and traffic disruptions at 7:00 a.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 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, and at Hong Kong International airport.  While protests are generally peaceful, they sometimes become violent and disrupt transportation across Hong Kong.  Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.  On October 4, the government invoked the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban face masks at public gatherings.

 

The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies.  These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue.

 

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.
-        Be aware of your surroundings.
-        Keep a low profile.

Assistance:
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
+852 2841 2211
+852 2523 9011 (after hours)
ACSHK@state.gov
https://hk.usconsulate.gov

State Department - Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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