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Security Alert: Hong Kong (China), Protests July 1

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

-        Observe the Hong Kong government’s social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
-        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.

Assistance:


U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and 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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