Hong Kong international airport is to be targeted again in a fresh wave of pro-democracy demonstrations.
Protests are set to continue despite Hong Kong governor Carrie Lam withdrawing a controversial China extradition bill that has sparked weeks of unrest in the territory.
An updated travel alert from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned of potential disruption to traffic to and from Hong Kong airport on Saturday.
“Passengers should allow extra time to travel to the airport,” the FCO added.
Protests are expected from this evening local time at Chater Garden in the central district of Hong Kong.
The FCO said: “In recent weeks, several large-scale political demonstrations have taken place throughout Hong Kong.
“Unauthorised protests have become more frequent and widespread, affecting many areas across Hong Kong, including some areas popular with tourists on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and on Lantau Island, where Hong Kong international airport is located.
“Clashes have taken place between police and protesters following otherwise peaceful protest activities. These have involved significant violence. Reports indicate protests are likely to continue.
“You should be prepared that the situation around protests and public gatherings could change quickly, with the potential for significant violence, especially during unauthorised protests.
“Protests can deviate from planned routes or rally locations and spill over into nearby public spaces, such as shopping centres, housing estates and metro (MTR) stations.
“Unauthorised protests have been met by a more rapid and severe police response, including heavy use of tear gas, bean bag rounds and ‘sponge grenades’. Police have also deployed water cannon and, occasionally, rubber bullets.
“If you’re in and around areas where any demonstrations are taking place, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
“Demonstrations may lead to sections of the city being closed off and significant disruption to transport.”
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