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The Netherlands warns travelers of unrest in Hong Kong

2019-08-05T16:03:38.984Z

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning about the unrest in Hong Kong from Monday. Travelers who are going to visit the region must be alert, according to the ministry. The adjustment of the travel advice follows after a very chaotic day in Hong Kong.


The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning about the unrest in Hong Kong from Monday. Travelers who are going to visit the region must be alert, according to the ministry. The adjustment of the travel advice follows after a very chaotic day in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was dominated by a major strike and several demonstrations on Monday. In addition to disruptions in public transport, hundreds of flights had to be canceled. In addition, police stations were surrounded and roads blocked.

Action has been taken for months against a bill that makes extradition to China possible. The demonstrations now also focus on the government of driver Carrie Lam and the police.

More and more protests are getting out of hand. The Hong Kong police announced Monday afternoon that they had arrested a total of 420 protesters since 9 June. Tear gas was also used a thousand times and 160 rubber bullets were fired.

Later in the day, agents again used tear gas against groups of demonstrators. It is not yet clear how much tear gas is involved. It is also not known how many people were arrested on Monday.

Tensions in Hong Kong are increasing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Collisions in residential areas and tourist areas

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns that the collisions also take place in residential areas and tourist areas. "Avoid gatherings and possible confrontations between protesters and the police," the travel advice states.

Several demonstrations are planned this week. The Ministry advises travelers to monitor local media and to follow the instructions of the Hong Kong authorities.

Lam has strongly criticized the protests that have continued. She speaks of an "extremely dangerous situation" and states that the protesters are "trying to destroy Hong Kong".

"The illegal acts that challenge the sovereignty of our country and jeopardize the 'one country, two systems' principle, will destroy the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong," said Lam, referring to Hong Kong's status as a special administration status within China.

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