Hong KonG Protest Alert

Updated 1 August 2019


Situation:

Several protests planned starting today (Thursday) and into this weekend:

  • Thursday, August 1: a flash mob protest planned by members of Hong Kong’s financial industry in Chater Garden at 7:15 pm

  • Friday, August 2: Civil servants planning protest in Chater Garden at 7 pm – about 2,000 government workers are also expected to attend to show support for protesters

  • Saturday, August 3: Rally planned for Mong Kok, gathering point at Anchor Street playground at 2:30pm, marching to MacPherson playground

  • Sunday, August 4: Protests planned in western Hong Kong island and Tseung Kwan O

  • Monday, August 5: Civil servants being called on to participate in a general strike across seven districts beginning at 1 pm. Intent is to bring public transportation to a standstill. Districts: (Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Wong Tai Sin, Tai Po, Mong Kok, and Admiralty)

Other Dates (details not yet released):

  • 10 Aug – Wong Tai Sin & 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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