Warning Alert | Dec. 5: 1:27 p.m. EST
Protests planned at multiple locations in Hong Kong, China, Dec. 7-13. Transport disruptions, clashes likely, especially Dec. 9.
This alert began 05 Dec 2019 18:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Dec 2019 23:59 GMT.
- Event: Political protests
- Location: Hong Kong
- Time Frame: Dec. 7-13
- Impact: Heightened security, ground transport disruptions; likely clashes and business disruptions
Activists in Hong Kong plan to stage additional anti-government protests Dec. 7-13 amid ongoing political tensions in the territory. Protests, which were prompted by a planned revision to Hong Kong's extradition law, have expanded into a generalized movement calling for political reforms and independent investigations into alleged police brutality, among other demands. Violent incidents between police and protesters have occurred at dozens of protests since July; clashes are likely to continue, especially during a general strike and associated roadblocks planned from early Dec. 9.
Actions have been announced at the following dates, locations, and times:
- Dec. 7: Vehicle roadblock planned on Tsing Ma Bridge from 1400; action may disrupt ground transport to and from Hong Kong Kong International Airport (HKG). Protest at Harbour Road Garden from 1400. Rally at Edinburgh Place from 1500.
- Dec. 8: Human rights rally and march from Victoria Park to Chater Road; rally planned from 1200, march from 1500.
- Dec. 9: Citywide general strike and roadblocks at multiple locations planned from 0600; transport disruptions and clashes highly likely.
- Dec. 9-13: Daily lunchtime protests planned at multiple locations, including Chater Garden, the Zero Carbon Building, Tai Yau Street in San Po Kong, and the intersection of Cheung Lai Street and Cheung Shun in Lai Chi Kok from 1230; additional daily protests at InPARK Kwun Tong and the Kowloon Commerce Centre from 1245.
- Dec. 10: Rally at Landmark North in Sheung Shui from 2100.
Additional unannounced protests are highly likely. Impromptu rallies are especially likely to continue in business centers on Hong Kong Island, especially Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay. Associated marches are possible. Activists have held spontaneous "flash mob" gatherings at locations throughout the city.
Clashes may occur, especially at impromptu gatherings and during the planned strike and roadblocks from early Dec. 9. Protesters may continue to target government and police buildings, as well as Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities and businesses they perceive as supportive of the Hong Kong government or Beijing. Activists may erect roadblocks, start fires, throw projectiles - including petrol bombs - and vandalize property. Groups of protesters may also attack individuals who criticize their actions or photograph demonstrations.
Authorities will continue to deploy security personnel to any locations where protests materialize. Police may use tear gas and water cannon during encounters with protesters. In some instances, police have used live ammunition as warning shots or after being attacked. Fast-moving clashes could break out in areas where demonstrations take place. Fighting is most likely to occur if demonstrators attempt to gather despite police objections, surround or enter government property or police stations, bypass security cordons, or linger beyond approved protest times.
Ground transport disruptions will likely continue near both announced and impromptu demonstrations. Roadblocks, clashes, and security measures will continue to cause localized traffic and bus disruptions in areas where demonstrations are occurring. Generalized transport disruptions are likely throughout Hong Kong early Dec. 9. Localized business disruptions may occur at locations throughout the territory if protesters block roads near offices or gather in shopping centers and commercial buildings amid clashes. Officials may close MTR services early as a precautionary measure.
Avoid all announced or proposed protest actions due to the potential for violence. Exercise caution near likely protest locations. Monitor local media for protest activity, as organizers may not announce plans in advance. Consider working from home or organizing early-release arrangements on Dec. 9 and any other days when large or disruptive demonstrations are taking place. Confirm the availability of transport, as rail and traffic disruptions are possible; allow additional time to reach destinations. Plan for increased security and localized transport disruptions near demonstrations. Follow all police instructions. Avoid politically sensitive conversations in public areas, and do not take photographs of protesters or police activity. Immediately leave the area and shelter in a secure, non-government building if violence erupts.