Travel Alert – Hong Kong…

Drum Cusac has issued this latest warning for People living or traveling to Kong Kong.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Travel and Financial Service Disruptions as ‘Occupy Central’ Protests Persist

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Category: Conflict

Source: Drum Cussac

09/29/2014 (Hong Kong) – Emerging media reports from Hong Kong on Monday, 29 September, indicated that ongoing protests to demand universal suffrage and greater democratic reforms have disrupted overland travel in the territory. According to the Transport Department, parts of several roads in Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Mong Kok have been closed. More than 200 bus routes have also either been diverted or suspended, whilst tram services between Victoria Park and Western Market, as well as Happy Valley Loop, have been shut down. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has reportedly been running on schedule, although several exits at Mong Kok, Causeway Bay and Admiralty stations have been closed.

In addition, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) indicated that 29 branches of 17 banks, including the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), in Central and other parts of the territory have been temporarily closed. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK), however, was open on Monday.

Pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets of Hong Kong Island and other parts of the territory following overnight clashes on Monday with security personnel in Central and Admiralty districts. Nearly 40 people were reportedly injured and several others were arrested. There are concerns over further unrest and disruptions in the territory’s financial district as demonstrators have vowed to intensify their protests.

Clients in Hong Kong are advised to closely monitor the situation by referring to the media and liaising with local sources. In light of the ongoing traffic disruptions along roads in the vicinity of protest sites, travellers are recommended to remain flexible with their itineraries. Personnel should also be mindful that protest actions thus far have shown a propensity to escalate from evenings until late hours. Those operating in the territory should also review contingency measures to ensure business continuity.

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