Hong Kong Protest Alert

Updated 31 October 2019





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

Warnings: As of 31 October 2019, there are travel warnings to Hong Kong.

The FCO has warnings that reports suggest that protests may take place on the evening of

31 October between Victoria Park and Lan Kwai Fong on Hong Kong Island, and at Prince

Edward MTR station in Kowloon.


Situation:

Hong Kong continues towards its 22nd 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.


Thursday, October 31-

  • 7:30 pm at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, gathering to march starting at 8 pm to Lan Kwai Fong party district in Central. Dress: masks and red clothing for Halloween.

  • 7 pm at Prince Edward – sit-in planned in remembrance of police attack at Prince Edward MTR Station


Saturday, November 2-

  • 3 pm at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay – large rally expected


Sunday, November 3 –

  • 3 pm at Edinburgh Place in Central – rally to commemorate fall of Berlin Wall.


This list is not necessarily exhaustive; protests at other times and locations may also occur.

** 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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