A heightened security presence and police patrols conducting stop and search operations have been reported on Thursday, October 10, in preparation for speculative protests originally scheduled to start at 17:00 (local time) in front of the Tsim Sha Shui police station. Local business disruptions have also been reported in the area. Clashes between protesters and police are likely in the coming hours if protests go ahead.
The MTR Corporation announced on Thursday morning that train services on all MTR lines, Light Rail, and MTR busses will end at 21:00. The Airport Express service, however, will not be disrupted. The Tseung Kwan O station remains closed for repairs throughout the day due to damage sustained during previous protests. A shuttle bus service has been put in place to service the route between Tseung Kwan O and Tiu Keng Leng stations.
Related demonstrations are likely to take place in other parts of the city with little notice.
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.
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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