Hong Kong protests: Singapore consulate advises Singaporeans to avoid protest sites

The Singapore consulate in Hong Kong has issued an alert to Singaporeans in Hong Kong, calling on them to avoid areas with large number of protesters given the "real risk of confrontation". -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG 
The Singapore consulate in Hong Kong has issued an alert to Singaporeans in Hong Kong, calling on them to avoid areas with large number of protesters given the "real risk of confrontation". -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG 

THE Singapore consulate in Hong Kong has issued an alert to Singaporeans in Hong Kong, calling on them to avoid areas with large number of protesters given the "real risk of confrontation".

Signed by Consul-General Jacky Foo, the message was posted on the consulate website and disseminated via the Ministry of Foreign Affair's twitter account on Sunday evening.

There are an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Singaporeans based in Hong Kong.

The alert comes as an increasingly number of government officials, university administrators and police call on the student protesters to withdraw from the roads which they have blockaded for the past eight days.

These include Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay.

Said Mr Foo: "The number of protesters is also very large, especially in the evenings toward midnights.

"With the heightened tension at these sites especially at Mong Kok, there is a real risk of confrontation."

Noting that more warnings have been issued for protesters to retreat, he added: "I would like to urge Singaporeans to avoid these areas where there are large numbers of protesters."'

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