10 June 2019
Situation: Massive protests (organizers say more than 1 million people) Sunday against highly contentious proposed changes to extradition laws broke out in Hong Kong. Rallies of solidarity were reported in 29 cities around the world. Clashes broke out Sunday night and into the early morning hours between protesters and police.
The proposed changes would allow transfer of fugitives to more jurisdictions, most notably mainland China. Hong Kong government plans on moving ahead with a second reading of the law in Legislative Council on 12 June.
Activist groups are calling for strikes, a boycott of classes & protests on Wednesday, June 12 during that second reading.
Disrupted modes of transportation
Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites
Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice
Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent
If you are caught in a blockade:
Do not exit your vehicle
Call the authorities if necessary: Emergency Services (police, fire, and medical): 999. U.S. Consulate General at +(825) 2523-9011
Allow extra time for travel
Monitor local and social media for updates
Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy
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