Warning Alert | Nov. 29: 7:37 a.m. EST
Protests planned at multiple locations in Hong Kong, China, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Localized transport disruptions likely; clashes possible.
This alert began 29 Nov 2019 20:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Dec 2019 23:59 GMT.
- Event: Political protests
- Location: Hong Kong
- Time Frame: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
- Impact: Heightened security, localized ground transport disruptions; possible clashes and business disruptions
Activists in Hong Kong plan to stage additional anti-government protests, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 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. Pro-government demonstrations have also been held. While clashes at protests had been increasingly common since early October, violent incidents between police and protesters decreased significantly in the run-up to, and immediately, following the Nov. 24 District Council elections.
Rallies have been announced at the following locations and times:
- Nov. 30: Rally at Chater Garden, 1400-1700
- Dec. 1: March from Edinburgh Place to Legislative Council Complex, 1000-1130. March from Chater Garden to the US Consulate and back to Chater Garden from 1230. Gathering at the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower from 1500. Possible rally at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), time unknown.
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 remain possible, especially at impromptu gatherings. Protesters have targeted 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, including to HKG. 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, nongovernment building if violence erupts.