Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

All Flights Cancelled Out Of Hong Kong Airport Amid Democracy Protests

Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests
Patty Aguilar | 13 August, 2019, 02:55

Police have defended themselves as accusations of using excessive force against protesters and on Monday unveiled two water cannons - a method that has not yet been used during the crisis.

In Beijing, authorities criticised violent protesters who threw petrol bombs at police officers, linking them to "terrorism". "We won't ask them to stir up trouble".

"Our operation.is targeting extreme violent rioters", he added.

After mention of the protests was initially censored - as with most unrest in China - photos and videos of violence have become a more common sight in mainland Chinese media, which has emphasized the radical elements of the anti-government movement and sought to paint it as controlled by the U.S. and other foreign "black hands".

What else did police say?

Images of the woman, who was bleeding heavily from her eye, were shared widely on social media over the weekend.

The focus on the airport comes as the city's protest movement enters its 11th week.

Police stormed a number of underground train stations, firing tear gas and arresting protesters. Earlier, the Chinese People's Armed Police were seen assembling in Shenzhen city ahead of "apparent large-scale exercises", Global Times reported on its website, citing videos it obtained.

Mr Mak also defended the use of pepper ball rounds at close range, saying officers made a "split-second" decision to fire on protesters who had tried to flee. "There is a high risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or criminally-linked individuals". The flight cancelations left many visitors stranded in the airport, surrounded by scores of protesters.

More than 160 flights were cancelled and officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations.

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Police demonstrate a water cannon equipped truck at the police tactical unit compound in Fanling, Hong Kong, China , today.

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As protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for a fourth day, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said the affected flights were the ones that were not checked in by the afternoon of Monday (local time).

At the airport, a flight attendant protesting on his day off, who gave only his surname, Lau, to avoid repercussions from his employer, said heavy-handed police tactics had alienated some people.

Demonstrations continued over the weekend, including at the airport where protesters holding signs staged a sit-in at the arrival and departure halls on Friday. "People are sleeping on conveyor belts and hard floors".

Outside in the streets of Hong Kong, crowds picketed a police station, singing hymns.

CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice, a Taiwanese bubble tea franchise, and Pop Mart, a Chinese lifestyle brand, both apologized after individuals affiliated with their companies expressed support for Hong Kong protesters.

A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the principle of "one country, two systems", which promises the city certain democratic rights not afforded to people on the mainland.

The rioting poses "a serious challenge to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability", Yang said.

Lam said last month that the bill has failed but has refused to withdraw it completely, leading to accusations that she's simply stalling for another chance to ram it through.

Their demands have broadened to include calls for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, and an amnesty for all arrested protesters.

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