Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Protesters Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel Flights for Second Day

Protesters Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel Flights for Second Day

Stranded travelers check their flights information.

Hong Kong airport officials will restart flights at 6 a.m. Tuesday after operations were shut down Monday when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied the main terminal.

The flight was on Monday, it said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Passengers have been forced to stay in the city while airlines struggle to find other ways to get them to their destinations.

75 million travellers pass through Hong Kong International Airport annually.

Increasingly violent protests have plunged the Asian financial hub into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing. Hua even accused the USA political hierarchy of meeting anti-China stakeholders in Hong Kong, thereby criticising China and instigating activities that undermine the Beijing-backed government.

"Take a minute to look at our city, our home", Ms Lam told a news conference on Tuesday at the government headquarters complex, fortified with 1.8m-high water-filled barricades.

By lunchtime, it had dropped almost 2 per cent, dragging down markets across Asia.

The protests were sparked by controversial changes to Hong Kong's extradition bill, now suspended, allowing residents to stand trial in mainland China on criminal charges.

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They want Ms Lam to resign. "The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong", Sen.

In a press conference on August 12, Yang Guang, spokesperson for China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office-Beijing's highest agency for managing Hong Kong affairs-accused protesters of committing acts signalling "a budding terrorism" that threatened the lives of Hongkongers. "Protesters have been frequently using extremely risky tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging", said Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office spokesman Yang Guang in Beijing.

"Democracy is a good thing", said one sign in Simplified Chinese characters, which are used in mainland China instead of the Traditional Chinese script of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, defended police action against the demonstrators, saying authorities were trying to use "the lowest level of force" to deal with the protesters.

The official state news agency Xinhua warned in a commentary Tuesday that "violent radicals" were pushing Hong Kong into an "abyss".

Some flights were able to depart and land earlier Tuesday, a day after more than 200 flights were cancelled causing widespread disruption.

Meanwhile, House of Travel said people travelling to Hong Kong should keep in close contact with their travel agent and airline in case of further disruptions.

The rights office urged Hong Kong authorities to investigate examples of officers firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters.

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