Hong Kong Protest Alert

Updated 23 October 2019





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

Warnings: As of 23 October 2019, there are travel warnings to Hong Kong.

Both the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau and FCO have warnings that

reports suggest a number of protests are likely to take place across Hong Kong and the New

Territories.


Situation:

Hong Kong continues towards its 21st consecutive weekend of protests with several demonstrations and events planned as reported by media. This does not mean that they have been approved by authorities. It is becoming more common for authorities to not approve demonstrations, which makes any events illegal and easier to charge any individuals arrested.


MTR stations continue to experience delays and changes to regular schedules due to protests and the need for repairs from damage from past protests. See LINK for up-to-date station operation announcements.

  • Wednesday, October 23- 7:30 pm gathering at British Consulate-General in Admiralty in support of motion to give a second citizenship to Honk Kong citizens on Thursday in UK’s House of Lords.

  • Thursday, October 24- 7 pm in Chater Garden in Central – in support of Catalonia independence protests

  • Saturday, October 26- 1 pm at Tamar Park in Admiralty – anti-communism and anti-totalitarianism protests 7 pm – location not announced – demonstration organized by healthcare workers

  • Sunday, October 27 – 4 pm at Kwun Tong Promenade in Kowloon – activists calling

** Any protests that take place without a permit are considered illegal.


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

  • Increased risk of violence breaking out between opposing protest groups


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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