August 13, 2019

The Washington Post sat down with Brendan O'Reilly, Intelligence Analyst at WorldAware, to discuss traveler safety in Hong Kong amid protests.

"Hong Kong’s protests have become more unpredictable, grown increasingly violent and spread beyond government districts in recent days, about two months after they kicked off. On Monday, demonstrators filled Hong Kong International Airport, prompting authorities to cancel all departing flights. More protests followed Tuesday, with the airport suspending all check-ins in the afternoon. Still, experts say the city is generally safe for travelers — as long as they steer clear of action and stay alert." 

Brendan O'Reilly said, "Tourists have generally not been caught up in the activity, though at least one South Korean national who was demonstrating has been arrested. Many demonstrations are announced in advance by mainstream activist groups, but smaller and more violent protests have also cropped up, especially around police stations." He also gave advice for how travelers can protect themselves: "travelers can take one other precaution: avoiding black T-shirts, which have been worn by those protesting the extradition bill, or white T-shirts, which have been adopted by counter-protesters."

Still, the impact from Monday's protest was significant: All departing flights were canceled into early Tuesday morning and many arriving flights were delayed or canceled.

Read more from this updated The Washington Post article. 


About Brendan O'Reilly

Brendan O'Reilly has spent most of his adult life living and working in China, India, and New Zealand.  He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. A variety of publications, including Asia Times, The Diplomat, and the BBC have featured Brendan's geopolitical analysis. His main areas of expertise are China's foreign policy and its domestic sociopolitical dynamics. Brendan's nine years of on-the-ground experience in the Asia-Pacific greatly aid his continuing work as an analyst for WorldAware.