Hong Kong travel warning issued after violent clashes

A travel alert has been issued for Hong Kong following days of violent clashes between police and political protestors.

Tens of thousands of activists have taken to the streets since Sunday in protest against proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws.

Large-scale demonstrations focused yesterday on the Legislative Council building and Admiralty area resulting in road closures around the perimeter and disruption to public transport.

Riot police fought running battles with protestors using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a revised travel advisory: “From the late afternoon, violent clashes took place between police and protesters.

“The situation remains unpredictable and you should avoid these demonstrations.

“Further demonstrations may take place in the coming weeks and you should be aware that such demonstrations can close off large sections of the city and affect public transport.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.”

Only a handful of protesters remained in the central business district in the city on Thursday morning, though some roads and a downtown shopping mall still remain closed, according to local broadcaster RTHK.

But they are expected to return when a second reading of the controversial extradition bill, originally scheduled for Wednesday, takes place although it is not known when this will happen.


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