Protesters are currently gathered in the Salisbury Garden area (Tsim Sha Tsui) of Hong Kong as of 16:00 (local time) on Sunday, October 27. Thousands of people have reportedly gathered in Salisbury Garden under a heavy riot police presence. Local media sources reported that police have fired tear gas and pepper spray on Salisbury and Nathan roads following a standoff with protesters. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces are possible in the coming hours if the situation escalates.
Continued rail disruptions are expected in the coming days. Up-to-date information on service information and station closures can be found on the MTR website.
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. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
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.
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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