Warning Alert | Nov. 11: 5:55 a.m. EST
Activists call for general strike extension in Hong Kong, China, Nov. 11. Clashes, transport disruptions likely in several areas.
This alert began 11 Nov 2019 10:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Nov 2019 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: General strike
- Location: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Time Frame: Through at least Nov. 12
- Impact: Heightened security, business and transport disruptions, clashes
A group claiming to represent activists have called for an indefinite general strike in Hong Kong as of the afternoon of Nov. 11. Organizers called for the extension of an ongoing strike after an officer shot a protester in Sai Wan Ho at around 0720. Activists called the Nov. 11 strike to condemn the Hong Kong Police Force for alleged involvement in the recent death of a protester. Although participation in the strike is unclear, the likelihood of widespread participation remains low. Business disruptions are possible in some sectors; increased employee absenteeism is possible Nov. 12. Depending on the extent of strike participation, interruptions to nonessential government services may also occur.
Several schools have called off classes Nov. 12, and students and supporters are likely to continue protests and roadblocks and block Mass Transit Railway (MTR) service. Rallies and marches are possible throughout the territory, though the threat of violent clashes is highest near university campuses. Activists are likely to demonstrate at critical intersections and along busy roadways, MTR stations, police stations, and other government facilities.
Clashes have occurred in several areas of Hong Kong as of the afternoon of Nov. 11. Police and protesters are reportedly clashing in Central on Hong Kong Island as of 1700; police were clearing Chater Garden and nearby areas. Clashes were also reported in Mong Kong, Tai Po, and Kwai Hing in Kowloon during the early evening hours. Protesters and police fought at several universities, Nov. 11, especially The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Further clashes are likely through Nov. 11, and possibly Nov. 12.
Ground transport disruptions are highly likely to continue. Additional roadblocks are probable, as protesters will continue to gather at various locations in the city. Localized traffic and bus disruptions are likely. MTR service disruptions are ongoing; as of 1700 Nov. 11, officials had closed sections of the Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, and Tsuen Wan lines while authorities have closed stations on other routes. Officials intend to end MTR service at 2330 per recent practice, but authorities may suspend service or close earlier as a precautionary measure if violence escalates further. Officials will only operate Airport Express service between Hong Kong Station and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) from 1900.
Monitor local media for protest updates, as demonstrators are unlikely to announce all plans in advance. Avoid protest sites due to the threat of localized clashes. Immediately leave the area and shelter in a secure, non-governmental building if violence erupts. Confirm appointments and transport reservations in Hong Kong through at least Nov. 12. Make allowances for possible business disruptions. Consider work-from-home or early-release arrangements. Allow extra time for ground transportation.