Warning Alert | Dec. 1: 3:10 p.m. EST
Protests planned at multiple locations in Hong Kong, China, Dec. 2-6. Localized transport disruptions likely; clashes possible.
This alert began 01 Dec 2019 20:06 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Dec 2019 23:59 GMT.
- Event: Political protests
- Location: Hong Kong
- Time Frame: Dec. 2-6
- Impact: Heightened security, localized ground transport disruptions; possible clashes and business disruptions
Activists in Hong Kong plan to stage additional anti-government protests Dec. 2-6 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 had decreased in the run up to, and immediately following, the Nov. 24 District Council elections; however, significant clashes resumed from Nov. 30.
Actions have been announced at the following dates, locations, and times:
- Dec. 2-6: Daily lunchtime protests planned at multiple locations, including 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 Center from 1245.
- Dec. 2: Rally at Chater Garden from 1200; protests at One Island East in Taikoo Place from 1230; protest near the southern end of Sham Shui Po Sports Ground from 1300.
- Dec. 3-6: Daily lunchtime rallies at Chater Garden 1230-1500.
- Dec. 3: Rally at Landmark North in Sheung Shui from 2100.
- Dec. 6: Protest at Edinburgh Place from 1900.
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. 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. 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 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.