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WorldU.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests

05:40  08 august  2019
05:40  08 august  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong ’ s leader warned Monday of a “crisis” engulfing the city as antigovernment activists called for a general strike and rallies across the Her comments followed a stark government warning Sunday night, after two days of confrontational protests that included the temporary

HONG KONG — The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory warning people about traveling to Hong Kong, urging visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests© Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory about traveling to Hong Kong, telling visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

The alert by the State Department comes two days after a general strike and widespread demonstrations shook the city, and as Chinese officials have warned about the continuing unrest.

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If you decide to travel to Hong Kong : Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you Review the Crime and Safety Report for Hong Kong . U . S . citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.

Hong Kong ’ s protests initially kicked off over a proposed extradition bill that would have allow the transfer of fugitives to mainland China. “ Hong Kong is China’ s Hong Kong ,” he says. Last week, China’ s military released a video showing troops carrying out drills and cracking down on protestors

“Since June 2019, several large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong,” the advisory warned. “Most have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes. The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies. These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue.”

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Several other countries, including Australia, Britain, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore, have issued similar travel warnings.

Protests are planned starting Friday at Hong Kong’s airport, which could disrupt travel to and from the city. And the city has been roiled by daily demonstrations that have led the police to fire tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds at protesters.

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What travelers need to know about the protests in Hong Kong . Police fire tear gas as they charge toward protesters In a demonstration alert issued Monday, the U . S . Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao listed areas Hong Kong protests present a growing conundrum for China. travel .

Australia elevated its travel warning for Hong Kong overnight Tuesday, citing the increasingly unpredictable nature of protests in the There is a risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or criminally-linked individuals, particularly at unauthorized protests ,” the statement says.

On Wednesday, the top Chinese official overseeing Hong Kong affairs said that the city was experiencing its worst crisis since the former British colony returned to China in 1997. The official, Zhang Xiaoming, the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said the turmoil in Hong Kong “has been going on for 60 days straight, getting bigger and bigger,” and added that violence had been intensifying.

The advisory urged travelers to the city to “avoid the areas of the demonstrations,” “keep a low profile” and “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the Hong Kong protests and the ongoing detention of two Canadians by the Chinese government, a statement from Trudeau's office said on Friday. © Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST U.S. President Trump meets with Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau at the White House in Washington The Hong Kong protests started as a peaceful rebuke of the government in April but have evolved into a direct challenge to Communist Party rule over this former British colony.

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