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U.S. Issues Level 2 Travel Advisory for Hong Kong

The State Department issued a level two travel advisory for Hong Kong on Wednesday as ongoing political demonstrations continue to plague the island.

The U.S. issued a travel warning for Hong Kong citing civil unrest as violent political clashes and other demonstrations continue to plague the area.

The State Department issued the level two warning on Wednesday urging those who travel to the area to exercise increased caution and avoid certain areas with ongoing protests.

The warning continued by encouraging those who do choose to travel there to monitor local media to receive updates on the area’s status and remain aware of surroundings.

According to the advisory the pro-democracy demonstrations began back in June over controversy surrounding an extradition bill.

Protestors have taken to the streets for weeks worried about potential unfair treatment and even torture if individuals are extradited to China.

The demonstrators have urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down and have also called for probes into reported police brutality amid the clashes.

Certain reports suggest some police have taken little action to subside the growing violence, while others have used tear gas, projectiles, and gas bombs during the protests.

The State Department made it clear in the advisory the clashes are unlikely to subside anytime soon.

Reports suggest nearly 600 people have been arrested in connection with the protests since they began back in June.

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