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04 août 2019 | 06h26 UTC

Hong Kong: Protests planned in Hong Kong Island and Tseung Kwan O August 4 /update 42

Hong Kong, SAR China Alerte de sécurité

Opposition activists plan two protests on August 4; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/8/2019, 12h00 until 18/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

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Event

Anti-extradition bill activists are planning a protest in Tseung Kwan O and another rally in the west of Hong Kong Island on Sunday, August 4. Participants in Tseung Kwan O plan to gather at Po Tsui Park at 14:30 (local time), and then march to the Hong Kong Velodrome Park. In Hong Kong Island West, activists plan to meet at Belcher Bay Park at 17:00, and then march to Kennedy Town. A heightened security presence and transportation and business disruptions are expected near the protest sites. Violence between police forces and demonstrators is possible.

Activists have called upon civil servants in seven districts (Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Wong Tai Sin, Tai Po, Mong Kok, and Admiralty) to participate in a general strike beginning at 13:00 on Monday, August 5. The strike is intended to paralyze public transportation and draw attention to protesters' demands regarding the controversial extradition bill and recent police violence. Significant transportation disruptions are possible if the strike proceeds as planned.

Additional protests are planned over the coming weeks. Demonstrations are expected to be held in Wong Tai Sin and Tai Po on August 10, Sham Shui Po and eastern Hong Kong Island on August 11, Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan on August 17, and Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing on August 18.

Context

Protests and mass demonstrations of up to 2 million people have been held since June 9, in opposition to a controversial bill that would allow 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 The bill has been suspended, though not fully withdrawn.

The demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. On July 14, clashes between police and protesters in a Sha Tin shopping mall left 22 people hospitalized. 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. On July 27-28, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters, marking another escalation in violence. Unidentified assailants reportedly fired fireworks at protesters in Tin Shui Wai on July 30. Protesters destroyed several vehicles and set a fire outside a police station in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 3, leading to violent clashes between police forces and protesters late into the night. Police used tear gas against protesters and arrested at least 20 of them.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations, and anticipate transportation and business disruptions.

 

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