HONG KONG PROTEST ALERT

Updated 14 September 2019


US Department of State and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel

Warnings: As of 14 September 2019, there are travel warnings to Hong Kong.

FCO warnings regarding planned protests this weekend, including possible delays caused

at Hong Kong International Airport.


Situation:

Hong Kong rolled into its 15th consecutive week of protests with several clashes breaking

out between pro-Beijing groups and pro-democracy groups on Thursday and Friday.

Shopping centers have become hotspots for protesters as the mall of the IFC, and various

other malls in areas including Sham Shui Po, Causeway Bay and Yuen Long, saw gatherings

of protesters singing Glory To Hong Kong and to continue to demand that all five key

demands be met.


Clashes between opposing groups on Friday in Amoy Plaza shopping mall in Kowloon Bay

had to be broken up by police. Several people were bloodied in altercations.


On Sunday, September 15:

  • Planned gathering outside British Consulate General in Admiralty at noon. Purpose is to encourage British to take action ensuring that China honors 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration affecting Hong Kong’s autonomy.




  • Civil Human Rights Front planned a march from East Point Road in Causeway Bay to Chater Road starting at 3 pm, which was banned by police. CHRF has since filed an appeal. Highly possible that the march will happen even if ban isn’t lifted.

  • Map of possible march route:





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:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not exit your vehicle

  • Call the authorities

  • Emergency Services (police, fire, and medical): 999

  • British Consulate-General at +(825) 2901 3000

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates



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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