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21 Oct 2019 | 03:51 AM UTC

Hong Kong: Public transportation disruptions ahead of sit-in at Yuen Long Station (New Territories) October 21 /update 133

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Public transportation disruptions announced ahead of protest at Yuen Long Station (New Territories) on October 21; heightened security and associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong, New Territories, Yuen Long Station

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Event

The MTR Corporation has announced disruptions to its rail service ahead of a scheduled sit-in at Yuen Long Station (New Territories) on Monday, October 21, to commemorate the three-month anniversary of the attack on protesters and commuters at the station. Participants plan to gather at 19:00 (local time). The MTR operator has said that Yuen Long Station will close from 14:00, and that the West Rail Line will not service the station. All MTR, Light Rail, and bus services - except the Airport Express - will also cease operations from 22:00 due to repair works following violent protests. Up-to-date information on service information and station closures can be found on the MTR website. Continued rail disruptions are expected in the coming days.

A heightened security presence is likely across Hong Kong until the situation fully stabilizes. Severe transportation and business disruptions are to be expected during all periods of protest activity.

Context

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 of 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.

Advice

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.

Individuals are also advised to avoid wearing black and white colors around protest zones or rallies as they are associated with protesters.

 

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