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U.S. raises travel warning for Hong Kong over growing civil unrest

HONG KONG – Due to civil unrest after months of violent street protests, the United States raised its travel warning for Hong Kong. They urged their travelers to exercise increase caution in the Chinese territory.

“The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighbourhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies,” said the advisory, which was posted on the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau’s website on Wednesday.

“These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue,” it said. The advisory was raised to level two on a four-point scale.

Aside from US, Australia also released warning to its travelers in its updated advisory on Wednesday.

It was remembered that the protests in the Asian financial hub began with opposition to a now-suspended extradition law and have evolved into a direct challenge to the government and calls for full democracy.

This has become the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi is also grappling with a debilitating trade war with the United States and a slowing economy.

According to the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned to China from British rule in 1997, because of the protests. It is reported that more protests are being planned across the city this weekend, starting on Friday with demonstrators planning to rally at the city’s international airport.

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