Demonstrators have gathered in Causeway Bay and Kowloon Tong as of 14:00 (local time) on Sunday, September 29, despite not receiving permission from the police authorities. A heavy security presence has been reported in Causeway Bay near the Sogo department store and on Great George Street. Hundreds of riot police have deployed into the area and may prevent larger groups from gathering in Causeway Bay. Local media sources have also reported that around 100 people have rallied in Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong). Traffic disruptions are ongoing around the demonstration sites and some malls have been closed as a precaution.
A heightened security presence is likely across Hong Kong until the situation fully stabilizes. Severe transportation and business disruptions are to be expected during periods of protest activity.
On September 4, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. The bill sparked mass protests up to 2 million people throughout Hong Kong since June 9. However, protest actions have continued since the government's announcement, as protesters' demands evolved into a wider pro-democracy movement, calling for government reforms and police accountability over violence.
Demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. 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, budget additional time to reach Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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