The US government is warning citizens against travelling to Hong Kong amid protests and 'violent clashes'

Ivan Abreu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesProtesters hold placards and banners during the demonstration. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the street of Hong Kong in yet another weekend of anti government rally. They demand the total withdrawal of of the extradition bill.

  • The US State Deparment is warning travellers to exercise “increased caution” in Hong Kong amid ongoing protests.
  • Pro-democracy demonstrators have crippled the city’s airport for days, forcing hundreds of flight disruptions.
  • China appears to be gearing up to take forceful intervention to stop the protests.
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The United States government is warning citizens to exercise “increased caution” in Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrations in the city enter their ninth straight week.

“Most have been peaceful,” the state department said of the protests that crippled air travel in the semi-autonomous financial center this week, “but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes.”

“Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas,” it continued. “The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighbourhoods 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.”

If you are travelling to or within Hong Kong, the agency suggests avoiding areas where demonstrations are taking place, keeping a low profile, and being aware of your surroundings.

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Protests began in June in Hong Kong against a proposed law that would give China power to extradition people in the city who were accused of crimes. The bill was later rescinded, but not done away with completely. The demonstrations have since morphed into a wider, pro-democracy showing.

China, meanwhile, appears to be ready to forcefully intervene in order to stop the protests. The country’s military has been assembling troops and supplies along the border with Hong Kong, and the Chinese government previously called the protests “near-terrorist acts,” according to Reuters.

The Level 2 advisory is the second tier of the State Department’s warning system, with the third urging citizens to reconsider travel, and the highest warning telling travellers to avoid the region entirely.

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