Hong Kong police officials announced on Monday, August 26, that 36 people were arrested during violent protests the previous day. Clashes broke out between riot officers and demonstrators in Tsuen Wan (New Territories) on the evening (local time) of Sunday, August 25. Protesters erected barricades on some roads and threw bricks and other objects, while police officers responded with tear gas and water cannons. According to police officials, six officers were forced to draw their firearms, including one officer who fired a live round as a warning shot.
Additional demonstrations are planned in the coming days. On Wednesday, August 28, protesters plan to gather outside of the Cathay Pacific headquarters near Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) from 13:00-21:00. It is possible that the rally will disrupt access to the airport. Veterinary groups plan to gather in Central at Chater Garden from 19:45 until 22:00 on Friday, August 30, to discuss the effects of tear gas on pets and to condemn the use of police dogs at public demonstrations. The Civil Human Rights Front is planning to march from Chater Garden to the Liaison Office on Saturday, August 31. As of August 26, the exact time of the demonstration has yet to be confirmed. On Sunday, September 1, protests are also being planned at HKG and the British Consulate General in Admiralty.
Heightened security measures and localized transportation disruptions are anticipated around all demonstrations. Clashes between security personnel and demonstrators cannot be ruled out.
Protests and mass demonstrations of up to 2 million people have been held in Hong Kong since June 9, in opposition to a controversial bill that would allow authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. Opponents claim the law would erode freedoms and be used to silence dissent and criticism. The bill has been suspended, though not fully withdrawn. Demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. On July 21, a group of pro-government men armed with bars and sticks attacked protesters and commuters in Yuen Long, leaving 45 people injured. Activists have also accused the police of using unnecessary force in their attempts to disperse protesters.
Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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