Antigovernment protests are continuing to disrupt transport and business in Hong Kong. While a now-withdrawn extradition bill was the main catalyst of the demonstrations, the largely decentralized protest movement maintains four other demands, including amnesty for all arrested activists, and universal suffrage in Hong Kong elections. The government is highly unlikely to meet all the remaining demands, and in the absence of a political solution, protests and clashes are likely to continue. Protests have become more violent and disruptive as the crisis continues.
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Intelligence Alerts: Hong Kong Protests November 2019
Activists have called for continued protests and an indefinite general strike in Hong Kong. The 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.
Intelligence Alerts: Hong Kong Demonstrations | Aug. - Oct. 2019
Demonstrations in Hong Kong escalated into a generally anti-Beijing and pro-democracy movement. Original protests were to disagree with a now-suspended Fugitive Offenders bill, which would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with.
Intelligence Briefing: Security Environment Deteriorating in Hong Kong
Following the first confirmed death of a protester, activists have disrupted ground transport to put economic pressure on the government. Learn more about the situation in this briefing from WorldAware experts.
Intelligence Briefing: Hong Kong Civil Unrest Continues
Listen as WorldAware experts Brendan O'Reilly and Tony Roccaforte use intelligence and response as a holistic approach to detail the situation on the ground, look at current public opinion, and provide risk mitigation advice to organizations.
Hong Kong Protests Continue Despite Withdrawal of Extradition Bill
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a highly controversial extradition bill on Sept. 4. Learn about the additional demands of protesters and get advice for personnel and travelers in the region.
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On-Air with WorldAware: Travel Safety in Hong Kong
The extradition law bill became a lightning rod for discontent among some segments of Hong Kong society that believe that Chinese influence is eroding the territory's freedoms. Listen in as Brendan O'Reilly, Intelligence Analyst, and Hugh Dunleavy, SVP of Global Assistance and Response, provide a briefing on the situation.
In The News
Hong Kong Travel Safety Update
The Los Angeles Times features intelligence analyst Brendan O'Reilly in Hong Kong article on travel risks.
Disruptions Continue in Hong Kong
Business Travel News reports that Hong Kong is still considered low-risk for travel as protesters have not been targeting travelers.
Navigating Hong Kong International Airport Amid Protests
The Washington Post interviews Bob Howell, Senior Advisor of Critical Operations, on how to stay safe if entering and exiting the local airport.
Hong Kong Travel Safety
Brendan O'Reilly provides his expertise to The Washington Post, saying protests have been unpredictable and grown increasingly violent.
Business and Transportation Disruptions During Protests in Hong Kong
Intelligence analyst Brendan O’Reilly comments in The Washington Post on safety and security amid escalating protests.
Travel Risk Low Despite Protests in Hong Kong
Lee Ridley, Sr. Intelligence Manager, speaks with the Washington Post about the increased travel risks to China.
Advice for Hong Kong Travelers
Updated Nov. 11, 2019
Civil unrest continues to disrupt transportation and business operations in Hong Kong. The protests, which began in April, were originally in response to the government’s stance on an extradition bill. Opponents argue that the extradition bill, which was subsequently withdrawn, would give Beijing greater influence over Hong Kong. Since then, the situation has remained fluid, with pockets of unrest occurring across the Hong Kong area. The protests continue to cause transportation disruptions across the territory.
7 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Maintain situational awareness. Follow WorldAware alerts for updates as the situation develops.
Consider alternate work schedules to avoid protests or transportation disruptions.
Maintain contact with your organization.
Heed all instructions from security personnel and do not attempt to bypass checkpoints.
Verify onward transportation before checking out of your accommodations.
Avoid protest areas. Do not photograph, video, or join the protests.
Sanitize all electronic media devices.
Be prepared to leave quickly. Pack a “Go Bag.” A “Go Bag” should include passport, travel documents, flashlight, cell phone, charger, and back-up power supply, cash, high energy snacks, bottled water, water treatment, and rain gear.
Consider packing these additional items in your "Go Bag":
- Laptop computer(s) (personal and company-issued)
- Additional communications devices, to include satellite phone if available
- Any relevant maps of the area (hardcopies)
- A GPS and extra batteries, if available
- Personal hygiene kit
- First aid kit
- Extra t-shirts and socks
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