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06 oct. 2019 | 08h16 UTC

Hong Kong: Protesters marching in Kowloon and Hong Kong October 6 /update 115

Hong Kong, SAR China Alerte de sécurité

Activists are marching in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island on October 6; heavy police presence, transport and business disruptions ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/10/2019, 12h00 until 7/10/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

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Event

Several thousand activists are marching in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon as of 16:00 (local time) on Sunday, October 6, in protest of the use of the emergency regulations ordinance to ban masks. In Hong Kong Island, police fired tear gas at protesters near Pacific Place (Admiralty) and at protesters near police headquarters in Wan Chai around 15:40, according to social media posts. While in Kowloon, activists reported at 15:45 that police are brandishing an orange flag from Mong Kok police station signalling to protesters to disperse or be fired at, and that at least 100 riot police are advancing towards protesters on Waterloo Road as of 16:05.

Some MTR services resumed as of the early hours on Sunday, following severe damage to numerous stations during violent protests on Friday, October 4. However, the Airport Express is only servicing Hong Kong station and Airport station. All train services are due to cease after 21:00 on Sunday.

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. Further demonstrations are expected in the coming days. 

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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