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July 30, 2019

Hong Kong Anti-Government Protests Turn To Riots After City Officials Take Drastic Measures


Hong Kong has become the center of news in the past few weeks as thousands of protestors march the streets, airports, and legislative buildings. The demonstrations began over a controversial bill that would have enabled extraditions to mainland China. While the government has paused work on this bill, protesters now want it withdrawn completely, as well as an independent inquiry into police violence, and democratic reform.

Hong Kong has seen eight consecutive weekends of anti-government and pro-democracy demonstrations, some of which have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police. Indeed, reports indicate that city officials have started using tear gas, sponge grenades, and rubber bullets to dissolve the crowds.

Protesters have pushed back each week, rallying in high profile locations such as Hong Kong’s airport, main train stations and legislative buildings. This Tuesday, July 30, hundreds of activists blocked access to commuter trains, causing widespread disruption during the morning rush hour.


While there are no official travel warnings that explicitly advise against traveling to Hong Kong, travelers should exercise caution. Here are a few ways to stay safe during your travels: 

  • Keep a lookout for news about any demonstrations in the area and steer clear of any signs of disorder. 
  • Do not travel by yourself if you’re new to the area. Having others around will be helpful in the case of an emergency.
  • Do not wear white or black clothes while traveling in Hong Kong as black is representative of the Chinese territory’s movement while men in white shirts have been blamed for mob attacks against the protestors.
  • Expect minor flight delays at the Hong Kong International Airport in light of recent protests within the airport.
    If traveling by train, check the status of your train before you leave the hotel. 
  • If you are scheduled to travel to Hong Kong, contact your travel agency or the airline company to confirm your trip and flight status, inquire about possible cancellations and policies for rescheduling your trip or reimbursement.
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