Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to pro-democracy protest

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to pro-democracy protest

Thousands of demonstrators, wearing black clothing and carrying posters denouncing the police, filled the arrival and departure halls of Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, prompting the cancellation of more than 100 flights at one of the world's busiest transportation hubs...

Tear gas was sacked at the blackshirted crowds in districts on Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with one young female medic hospitalized after being shot in the right eye, triggering a protest by medical workers.

"All other flights have been canceled for the rest of today", the airport statement said.

Hong Kong Airport authorities have cancelled all remaining flights as protestors descended on the terminal for a fourth day. There are unconfirmed reports she could lose her right eye as a result of the injury.

In videos and pictures shared by AFP correspondent Elaine Yu, a South African woman who said she moved to Hong Kong to move away from protests was devastated to realise that the place she had grown to love also experienced protests.

Cape Town - A woman from South Africa who relocated to Hong Kong, has gone viral for her emotional plea that was caught on camera about the protests now plaguing the city.

Australian Malcolm Jones was flying back to Melbourne from Vietnam with his wife when they found themselves in lockdown on Monday afternoon during what was meant to be a short transit at Hong Kong airport.

All flights into and out of Hong Kong have been shut down by the Hong Kong Airport Authority owing to the occupation of the airport by protesters.

Elsewhere, Cathay Pacific has warned staff they could be fired if they "support or participate in illegal protests" in Hong Kong.

Luxury fashion brands Givenchy, Versace and Coach have apologized after Chinese social media users lambasted the companies for selling T-shirts which listed Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as their own countries.

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Mickey, 16, said many of her classmates chose to sacrifice their study time for the "dream" of Hong Kong's future despite not knowing if it would lead anywhere.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has refused to yield to a series of demands, including that she withdraw the bill and step down from her position.

And here's the police behavior that has upset numerous protesters.

Aside from denouncing what happened to the female protester who was hit in the eye and the clashes inside Kwai Fong metro station, the Students' Union also condemned police for firing pepper spray at close-range when they entered Tai Koo metro to disperse protesters.

The demonstration of specially equipped armoured cars came after another weekend of protests at Hong Kong's bustling worldwide airport and on the streets of one of the city's main shopping districts. Thousands of residents, furious with government indifference and harsh policing, fought battles throughout the city as they tried frenzied, urban guerrilla tactics to block roads, occupy the airport terminal, march en masse, participants shrugging off rounds of tear gas.

According to hospital authorities, at least nine people were injured in the violence Sunday, two seriously.

At the airport, protesters held signs reading "Hong Kong is not safe" and "Shame on police".

Lam is Hong Kong's chief executive - a position selected by a 1,200-member committee and lobbied by the Communist Party.

Reporters and medics were also allegedly targeted and harassed by Hong Kong police.

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