[UPDATED] In the wake of the protests in Hong Kong over the weekend, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that further demonstrations are possible and could shut down large parts of the city and cause widespread disruption.
Flash points include –
- Central Government Complex of Hong Kong SAR
- Tamar Park
If you are already in or will be in Hong Kong in the next few weeks, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Here is health advice from the International News Safety Institute on how to protect yourself from tear gas.
Official travel advice
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
On 9 June 2019 there were large political demonstrations related to proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws, which were overwhelmingly peaceful, but isolated clashes between a small minority of the protestors and the police took place in the early hours of the following morning. Further demonstrations may take place in the coming weeks and you should be aware that such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
Further news and information
- Mashable: Telegram says ‘powerful’ cyber attack was from China, timed with Hong Kong protests
- Financial Times: Uneasy calm returns to Hong Kong after violent protests
- BBC News: Hong Kong extradition protests: Lam criticises ‘organised riots’
- BBC News: Hong Kong extradition protests leave city in shock
- Aljazeera.com: Hong Kong shuts government offices due to mass protests
- CNBC: Protesters gather in Hong Kong as government shuts offices
- The Guardian: Hong Kong protests: activists call for further action
- The New York Times: Hong Kong Protests Live Updates: Video Footage Draws Complaints
- Foreign Policy: Hong Kong’s Last Stand
Telegram hit by massive Chinese cyberattack during Hong Kong protests https://t.co/0of5jfKAVW
— Post Economy (@PostEconomy) June 13, 2019
— CNBC International (@CNBCi) June 13, 2019
Hong Kong's protesters are not marching to gain new freedoms, but to avoid losing those that they still have https://t.co/3pDm2xz3Bg
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) June 12, 2019
"I'm in prison because I fought for my city's freedom. Hong Kong's extradition law would be a victory for authoritarianism everywhere," writes activist Joshua Wong https://t.co/XL4E6d8txX
— TIME (@TIME) June 13, 2019
Many in Hong Kong worry that Communist officials in mainland China will use the extradition plan to seize political dissidents and others who run afoul of the party, for trial on bogus charges https://t.co/9J0kvfRNAv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 13, 2019
— Bloomberg (@business) June 12, 2019
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