U.S. Issues Level 2 Travel Advisory for Hong Kong as Civilian Unrest Continues

The U.S. has joined a list of other countries that have issued travel warnings because of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong.

The State Department issued a Level 2 travel advisory Thursday, urging Americans to exercise increased caution due to civil unrest in the former British colony.

The advisory tells travelers to avoid demonstrations and to exercise caution if they unexpectedly get caught in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

Protests have been ongoing since the Hong Kong government proposed a controversial extradition legislation that would have allowed suspects to be sent to China for trial.

That legislation has since been pronounced “dead” after weeks of demonstrations. And now civilians are calling for broader democratic reforms and investigations into alleged police abuse of force that occurred as they tried to disperse protesters.

The Chinese territory has suffered hits to its travel industry as tourists put off their visits.

The U.S. has joined Australia, Ireland and Britain, which had already issued Hong Kong travel warnings.