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Worldwide Alerts

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.


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.

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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.