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Hong Kong airport obtains injunction against protestors

Hong Kong airport obtains injunction against protestors”

Demonstrators protesting a perceived erosion of civil liberties under Chinese rule clashed with police at Hong Kong's global airport late on Tuesday, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil after 10 weeks of increasingly violent clashes.

It has become the latest focus of mass political unrest in Hong Kong that began 10 weeks ago.

"We are not trying to overthrow the government or cut ourselves off from China".

Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through Hong Kong Airport in 2018, making it the eighth busiest airport in the world and the fourth busiest in Asia.

At the end of July, anger boils over after masked men - suspected of being triad gangsters - attack protesters inside a train station.

Police, wearing riot gear and brandishing truncheons later arrived at the airport, where they clashed with protesters. The huge protests in June over planned legislation to allow extradition from Hong Kong to China have morphed into a protest movement making wider democratic demands, including action against police violence and free elections based on universal suffrage.

The Hang Seng stock index fell to a seven-month low on Tuesday and embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the city had been pushed into a state of "panic and chaos".

The protesters adopted the slogan after a woman suffered a serious facial injury that reportedly caused her to lose the vision in one eye at a demonstration that turned violent on Sunday night.

"This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong's rule of law and social order", said Guang. "But we fight for our rights; democracy was promised as part of One country Two systems".

"In the USA, members of the Congress are also called lawmakers".

Cathay Pacific has published a notice, asking customers to postpone non-essential travel to and from Hong Kong Airport on Wednesday, August 14th, and warns that "there is potential for further flight disruptions at short notice". Property tycoon Peter Woo said in a statement on Monday that the protests had already forced the government to shelve the legislation and claimed that some people were using the issue to "purposely stir up trouble".

"Hong Kong police have always facilitated peaceful and orderly protests over the years, but the extremely radical and violent acts have certainly crossed the line and are to be most severely condemned", he said.

As Financial Times commentator Jamil Anderlini noted this week: "Today, the biggest fortunes in Hong Kong rely on control of land and property in what is the most expensive real estate market in the world. The average monthly salary in Hong Kong is around $HK17,500 ($US2,230), while the average rent for a one-bedroom flat in the city centre is $HK16,500".

Some Hong Kong legal experts say the official description of terrorism could lead to the use of anti-terror laws.

Hours later, two state media outlets ran videos showing armoured personnel and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

China's People's Armed Police was assembled in Shenzhen for "exercises", the state-backed Global Times newspaper said.

So will the disruptions sway public opinion on the demonstrations?

And as tensions between demonstrators and Hong Kong authorities intensify, so has the messaging from the central Chinese government as it seeks to shape how the protests are perceived both overseas and on the mainland, where social media and news outlets are tightly controlled.

Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told RT that the U.S. government has always been involved with Hong Kong's protest movement, adding "it's widely known that the United States, through its National Endowment for Democracy, has bankrolled a lot of these political parties and political leaders".

However, even though the Trump administration has made strident and provocative denunciations of Beijing over trade and unsafe strategic flashpoints such as the South China Sea, it has made no such comments over the Hong Kong protests.

Hong Kong is a major financial center, thus "its disruption could have implications for markets in Asia as well as spill over into Europe and the US", said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Independent Advisor Alliance.

A senior official in the administration of US President Donald Trump on Monday urged "all sides" to avoid violence in Hong Kong. "Everyone should be calm and safe!" he commented.



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