Australian government raises travel alert for Hong Kong and warns of ‘flash mob’ protests and random attack on protesters

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6th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) Australian Government raised travel advice alert for their citizens going to Hong Kong today.

Excerpts of the warning are as follows:

We have raised our advice level for Hong Kong: we now recommend you ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Protests have become more unpredictable and are expected to continue. Tourist areas have been affected. There is a risk of violent confrontation between protestors and police, or criminally-linked individuals, particularly at unauthorised protests. The risk is greater at night and on weekends. We strongly recommend you avoid large public gatherings. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities. See Safety and security.

Summary:

Exercise a high degree of caution in Hong Kong. ‘Flash mob’ protests and random attacks on protestors have become less predictable and are expected to continue. Tourist and residential areas have been affected. There is a high risk of violent confrontation between protestors and police, or criminally-linked individuals. The risk is greater at night, on weekends and public holidays. We strongly recommend you avoid large public gatherings. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

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