Worldwide Alerts

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China
Chile
Peru
Belgium
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The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

China

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

On Tuesday, November 18th dozens of protesters attempted to force entry into the Hong Kong Legislative Council, leading to a violent clash with authorities early Wednesday morning. Six people have been arrested in connection to the incident and police are continuing efforts to clear roads for traffic and business. All ISA students are safe and accounted for, and resident staff continue to advise students to avoid all protest areas. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Monday, November 10th, 2014 Hong Kong's high court ruled to give police authority to remove barricades and pro-democracy protesters in the Mong Kok district. Clashes with police escalated last week in protest sites and, as of today, police will begin enforcing the removal of protesters from specific areas. All ISA students are safe and accounted for, and resident staff continue to advise students to avoid all protest areas. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

Monday, October 6th, 2014

On October 4th, 2014 the U.S. Embassy issued a security message to citizens in Hong Kong, alerting them to violent clashes between Occupy and anti-Occupy protesters. Tensions were high but have subsided and protests remain largely peaceful. Protesters dwindled this morning as government buildings and commerce resumed as normal in the main protest areas. All ISA students are safe and attending classes as normal. They have been notified not to visit protest areas and ISA staff will keep them informed of any changes to the situation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

On the evening of Sunday, September 28th, police in Hong Kong began a crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in the Central and Admiralty districts. Police have been using tear gas to disperse protesters and injuries have been reported. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. ISA has advised students to stay away from the affected districts and to avoid any areas where protests are taking place, especially at night. Protests are expected to escalate on October 1st due to China's National Day. ISA is continuously monitoring the situation and will advise students in Hong Kong accordingly with any new developments.

Chile

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Nationwide political demonstrations are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 19th in Chile. The demonstrations are in response to inadequate wage increases in the public sector. The public employees' march in Valparaíso is scheduled to begin in the Plaza Sotomayor. ISA students have been informed of the protests and advised to avoid protest areas. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation, and make recommendations to our students as necessary.

Peru

Friday, November 14, 2014

On Friday, November 14th, 2014 an earthquake occurred near Lima, Peru. The epicenter of the earthquake was reported to be approximately 48 miles south-south east of Lima. The earthquake, which occurred at approximately 6:39 p.m. local time, was reported to have reached a 5.6 on the richter scale. There have been no damages reported so far. Resident staff are advising ISA Lima students to prepare for possible aftershocks. Cusco has not been affected by the earthquake. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

Belgium

Friday, November 7th, 2014

On November 6th, 2014 austerity protests in Brussels escalated into violent clashes with police. The protests, held in the city center, resulted in approximately 50 injuries and halted transportation throughout the area. ISA student housing and classes are located south of the city center and were not affected by the clashes. Students were notified of the protests beforehand, advised to avoid the area and plan accordingly to attend classes as scheduled. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. As protests are expected to continue over the coming weeks, ISA on-site staff will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to students as necessary.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.