Warning Alert | Nov. 12: 4:49 a.m. EST
Activists plan to extend strike in Hong Kong, China, through at least Nov. 13. Clashes and transport disruptions likely.
This Alert began Nov 12, 2019 21:47 UTC and is scheduled to expire Nov 13, 2019 23:59 UTC.
- Incident: General strike
- Location: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Time Frame: Through at least Nov. 13
- Impact: Heightened security; business and transport disruptions; possible clashes
Groups claiming to represent activists have called for the indefinite general strike in Hong Kong to continue through at least Nov. 13. The labor action - which is part of a broader protest movement - was initially launched to condemn the Hong Kong Police Force for alleged involvement in the recent death of a protester. Violence escalated significantly from Nov. 11 after a police officer shot a protester in Sai Wan Ho. While localized transport disruptions and clashes are highly likely Nov. 13, the potential for widespread participation in a general work stoppage remains low. Business disruptions may occur in some sectors; increased employee absenteeism is also possible. Depending on the extent of strike participation, interruptions to nonessential government services may occur. Several schools have canceled classes through Nov. 13 as a precautionary measure.
Rallies and marches are likely at locations throughout the territory, though the threat of clashes is highest near university campuses. Protesters have called for a march from Chater Garden to the nearby US and British consulates from 0800. Demonstrations are possible near Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, police stations, and other government facilities.
Ground transport disruptions are highly likely to continue. Activists will probably continue implementing roadblocks at critical intersections and along busy roadways. Strike supporters will also target Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities and infrastructure. Localized traffic and bus disruptions are likely. The Disneyland Resort MTR line was closed as of early Nov. 12. Authorities have closed stations on other MTR routes; additional service disruptions are highly likely. Officials intend to end MTR service at 2330 per recent practice, but may suspend service or close earlier as a precautionary measure if violence escalates further.
Significant clashes have occurred in several areas of Hong Kong from Nov. 11; additional violent incidents are highly likely. Violence has been concentrated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus. Clashes were also reported near other university campuses, as well as the Mong Kok, Tai Po, and Kwai Hing areas. Further localized clashes are likely through at least Nov. 13. Groups of protesters have attacked bystanders who criticize their actions. On Nov. 11, a Japanese national was beaten after taking pictures of protesters' faces; activists assumed the victim was from mainland China.
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. 13. Make allowances for possible business disruptions. Consider work-from-home or early-release arrangements. Allow extra time for ground transportation. Avoid politically sensitive conversations in public areas, and do not take photographs of protesters or police activity.