Hong Kong Protest Alert

Updated 25 July 2019


Situation:

Several protests planned over the coming weeks starting tomorrow:

  • Friday, July 26 – 1 pm to midnight – protests planned at Hong Kong Airport in Terminal 1. Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants union has confirmed participation and other airport staff are likely to join in. Significant affects on air travel to be expected.

  • Saturday, July 27 - Large protest planned for Yuen Long area - the site of protesters and commuters being attacked last weekend, which sent 45 people to the hospital with injuries. Some reports saying that this protest may continue into Sunday, July 28. Police have banned this protest. It is unclear if the protests will still be held. It is expected to increase the tensions between police and protesters significantly.

  • Sunday, July 28 – 3 pm – demonstrations to be held in Sheung Wan


Other Dates (details not yet released):

  • 4 Aug – protests planned for western Hong Kong and Tseung Kwan O

  • 10 Aug – Wong Tai Sin and Tai Po

  • 11 Aug – eastern Hong Kong island and Sham Shui Po

  • 17 Aug – Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan

  • 18 Aug – Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing


Possible Effects:

  • Likelihood of escalations in actions 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

  • Blockades placed by police beforehand

  • 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:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. 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



DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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