Hong Kong airport authority cancels all flights for Monday

Andrew Cummings
August 12, 2019

Riot police fire tear gas during a clearing at a demonstration in Tai Wan in Hong Kong on August 10, 2019.

Hong Kong police put on a demonstration of an anti-riot water cannon on Monday, in a warning to protesters as authorities toughen their approach over violence that has roiled the Asian financial hub for two months.

Last Tuesday in the wake of the general strike, Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, declared that "radical protests" were endangering the city's prosperity and stability.

The image shows that the public in Taiwan fully supports the people in Hong Kong in their pursuit of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, the organizers said.

The protests since June have turned into Hong Kong's most serious crisis in decades and become one of the biggest challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012.

Elsewhere, two petrol bombs were thrown at police and at least one officer suffered burns.

More demonstrations are planned on Sunday, including at the working class district of Sham Shui Po, the scene of violent confrontations between activists and police, prompting authorities to plan shutting many public buildings there.

Hong Kong airport, one of the busiest in the world, has cancelled its departing flights as a result of protests taking place in its main terminal. The action "seriously disrupted" the airport's work, the administration said, and led to all flights out of the city being cancelled.

The protest movement's demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader, Carrie Lam, democratic elections for her successor, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force.

Think your friends would be interested? However advances have been undermined by continued forceful policing, with some local groups shouting police out of their neighborhoods over the weekend.

The United States flag has become a frequent sight at protests, as some called for Washington to, among other actions, pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, a law that would reaffirm U.S. commitment to upholding Hong Kong's limited democracy and rule of law.

Hong Kong is part of China but its citizens have more autonomy than those on the mainland.

Protesters wearing gas masks gathered outside a police station in Cheung Sha Wan as officers wearing protective gear looked down at them from a tall wall around the station.

Protesters were also enraged at police apparently dressing in the black T-shirts worn by the pro-democracy movement to infiltrate the rallies and make surprise and violent arrests.

Hong Kong local non-profit Civil Rights Observer condemned the police's use of tear gas bombs inside the railway station.

Hong Kong has seen nine weeks of protests with no end in sight.

"It's a mistake that the British government called Hong Kong Chief Executive directly to exert pressure", she said.

Late Friday, China's civil aviation authority issued a swathe of demands to Hong Kong's dominant airline, including barring employees who supported the recent protests from flying to the mainland, and asking the company to submit information about all crew members flying to China for verification and authorization.

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