Updated 12 July 2019
A couple protests planned for this coming weekend in Hong Kong.
Saturday, July 13 – at 3:30 pm – a “reclaim Sheung Shui” rally – targeting parallel traders in the area – awaiting official approval at time of report – organizers say that intent is to be peaceful
Start point: North District Sports Ground basketball court
Sunday, July 14 – at 3:30 pm – in Shantin – demanding complete withdrawal of extradition bill, unconditional release of all arrested for protesting, universal suffrage and formation of an independent commission of inquiry to look into police behavior.
Route (tentative): Chui Tin Street Soccer Pitch in Tai Wai to the Sha Tin Government Offices.
Likelihood of escalations in actions during future protests and demonstrations from both protesters and law enforcement
Disrupted modes of transportation
Increased presence of law enforcement personnel and an increased willingness to use force against protesters
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
Avoid discussing political topics in public or on social media
Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
If you are caught in a blockade:
Do not exit your vehicle
Call the authorities:
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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