Further protests are planned for Sunday 7th July in Hong Kong. There were small outbreaks of violence at the most recent protest and it is unclear how law enforcement will respond to further unrest. If you will be in Hong Kong on Sunday, monitor the media and avoid affected areas. It is worth noting that protests may occur before and after the official march on Sunday.
Sunday’s march is authorised to take place between Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui (Hong Kong harbour front) and the High Speed Rail terminus in West Kowloon. It may not stay limited to these areas. Previous protests have seen law enforcement use tear gas and pepper spray on demonstrators.
If you are already in or will be in Hong Kong, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
- Be aware that transport and other services are likely to be disrupted, and allow for extra time in any travel plans. Where possible, minimise travel.
- 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’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
In recent weeks several large-scale political demonstrations have taken place around government buildings in the Admiralty and Wan Chai areas on Hong Kong Island, resulting in road closures and disruption to public transport. Police have authorised another protest march to take place on Sunday 7 July, starting in Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui (Hong Kong harbour front) and the High Speed Rail terminus in West Kowloon. Violent clashes have also taken place between police and protesters. Further demonstrations remain likely, particularly around government buildings and may take place with little or no notice. Large sections of the city may be closed off and public transport affected. The situation remains unpredictable, so you should remain vigilant and keep up to date with developments. If you’re in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, you should follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.
Further news and information
— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) July 5, 2019
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) July 5, 2019
Hong Kong braces for more protests this weekend https://t.co/grwLwPeiVl
— UPI.com (@UPI) July 5, 2019
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