The State Department on September 6 (US time) released an update to its travel advisory warning that US citizens and consular employees had been the targets of a recent propaganda campaign by China "falsely accusing the United States of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong."
The latest "Demonstration Alert" also cited media reports that protesters have called for an “airport traffic stress test” to hinder transportation around Hong Kong International Airport on Saturday September 7, while on Sunday around 2pm several groups will stage a rally outside the Consulate.
The overall risk level remains at the second lowest of a four-level gauge, after it was raised on August 7 to reflect the escalating violence of the public protests that have gripped the city for months. US citizens are advised to exercise increased caution.
While pointing out that most of the protests have been peaceful, "some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes" and have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police had given permission for marches and rallies.
"Police have used a variety of crowd control measures, including the deployment of tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons. Protesters have started fires and thrown projectiles at the police," the advisory said.
These incidents can take place with little or no notice, it said. Safety tips included:
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep a low profile.
Review your flight status with your airlines or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
If you are concerned about your own safety in Hong Kong, or would like information regarding how the ongoing protests in the city may affect your employees, stakeholders or business operations, please refer to the following website links.