Security: Activists plan protest over quarantine facilities in Hong Kong, China, Feb. 16. Additional, unannounced rallies highly likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert affects Hong Kong SAR

This alert began 12 Feb 2020 17:10 GMT and is scheduled to expire 17 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Protests
  • Location(s): Hong Kong (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least Feb. 16
  • Impact: Heightened security measures, business and transport disruptions; likely clashes

Summary
Protests over quarantine facilities and other government responses to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are planned in Hong Kong through at least Feb. 16, though rallies are likely to continue in subsequent days. Residents opposed to the establishment of a quarantine center in Fo Tan plan to hold an additional protest in the area Feb. 16. Recently, rallies against quarantine facilities have also been held in Kwai Chung, Fanling, Mei Foo, and Wong Tai Sin. Further protests are highly likely to be held in the above neighborhoods, and in any residential areas where authorities establish quarantine centers. Additionally, protests calling for the complete closure of border crossings with mainland China may occur at locations throughout Hong Kong.

Traffic and commercial disruptions are highly likely near all protest venues. Activists could implement roadblocks and hold marches along roadways during demonstrations. Groups of demonstrators may attempt to damage government property. Clashes between police and protesters are likely.

Advice
Avoid protest sites as a precaution due to the threat of localized clashes. Allow extra time for ground transportation near demonstrations. Monitor local media for protest updates, as demonstrators may not announce specific venues in advance. Immediately leave the area and shelter in a secure, non-governmental building if violence erupts.

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