OTTAWA — The federal government is warning Canadians about travelling to Hong Kong amid massive protests and the Chinese military amassing on the border.
The travel advisory went up around 9:30 ET this morning telling Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution in Hong Kong due to ongoing large-scale demonstrations.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadians in Hong Kong should contact the Canadian consulate there if they need help.
“This is a turbulent moment,” she said.
About 300,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong, and Freeland says officials are keeping a close eye on developments.
“Because of the ongoing protests, and because of the very large number of Canadians who are there.”
Demonstrators and police have clashed violently in recent days after protesters took over the airport, shutting down all flights in or out for two days.
China has tried to frame the demonstrators as terrorists, but Freeland says it’s a mistake to take an expression of the people and label it as something else.
“You will never go wrong as a government when you listen carefully to the concerns of your people,” she said.
More than 600 people have been arrested as demonstrators voice their calls for democratic reforms.