Hong Kong Protest Alert Update

Updated 26 September 2019



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

Warnings: As of 26 September 2019, there are travel warnings to Hong Kong.

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

planned protests this weekend, including possible delays caused at Hong Kong

International Airport and MTR stations and possible large events planned for the public

holiday October 1.


Situation:

Hong Kong moves into its 17th consecutive weekend of protests with several

demonstrations and events planned for this coming weekend and into next week:


28 September 2019:

  • 5th anniversary of the "Umbrella Revolution” pro-democracy protests in 2014 that occupied the city for 79 days. Rally expected to gather in evening in Tamar Park in Admiralty at 7 pm.

  • Stress test on Hong Kong International Airport starting at 1 pm


September 2019: Rally planned for Causeway Bay district.


1 October 2019: Hong Kong government plans to hold a low-key ceremony for 70th

anniversary of founding of People's Republic of China with heavy security. Protesters are

expected to rally (no specific location mentioned at time of report) dressed in their usual

black.


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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