Canada Upgrades Travel Warning As Hong Kong Protests Take Over Airport

Written by priyadarshinee

Published on : August 9, 2019 11:22

Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians travelling to Hong Kong, warning them to use a “high degree of caution” due to a potential for violence as protests continue to swell in the city.

The federal government said there are “identifiable safety and security concerns” in the city that could “change with little notice.”

“The government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously. We continue to closely monitor the situation in Hong Kong in light of the recent demonstrations and violence,” the federal government said in a statement.

“This situation is of particular concern for Canada in light of the 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong.”

For the 10th consecutive week, pro-democracy protests have escalated in the city.

The demonstrations returned to the Hong Kong International Airport on Friday, where protesters staged a sit-in at the arrival and departure halls, holding signs telling visitors “there are no rioters, only tyranny.” Others passed out pamphlets warning visitors of the heavy tear gas used against them by Hong Kong police.

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