Hong Kong Protests Continue

Updated 4 October 2019





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

Warnings: As of 4 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 on 5-7 October across Hong

Kong.


Situation:

Hong Kong continues in its 18th 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.


On Friday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced a ban on wearing face masks which took

effect at midnight. The new law immediately drew protesters out by the thousands across

Hong Kong. Shops and bank outlets with any perceived links to mainland China were

vandalized and some burned. MTR stations took so much damage that all railway services were shut down by late Friday night.


A 14-year-old boy was reportedly shot in the leg in Yuen Long. Both protesters and a plain

clothes policeman were involved in the area and no official report has yet been released as

to the exact sequence of events. This is the second protester shot with a live round and

within days of the last incident.


Saturday, October 5-

  • Media reports that protesters plan to gather in shopping malls in Kowloon and the New Territories at 1:00 p.m.

  • Rally to be held at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 6 - reports of another rally at Victoria Park at 2:00 p.m.


Monday, October 7 - a rally at Prince Edward station is planned by protesters at 7:00 p.m.


October 7 marks the Chung Yeung Festival, a public holiday in Hong Kong.

There are also media reports that other protests or rallies could take place across Hong

Kong in response to the government’s decision to invoke the Emergency Regulations

Ordinance to ban face masks (to include face paint) at public gatherings.


** 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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