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Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats

Hong Kong protests met with denunciations and threats”

The Royal Thai Consulate-General suggested that Thais due to board flights at the airport on Tuesday and today should consult their airlines for updates on the status of their flights and avoid protest-ridden areas at the airport if at all possible.

Lam's remarks echoed those of Hong Kong business leaders amid falling share prices and fears of an economic downturn, especially in the property sector. Five people were arrested and six were hospitalized, authorities said.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times, said on social media that the military presence is a sign that if the situation in Hong Kong doesn't improve, China will intervene.

The airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the site of daily protests since last Friday but they have been mostly peaceful until chaos broke out on Tuesday.

Anti-government protests started in June in response to a proposed extradition bill, which has now been suspended, but have evolved into a more demanding pro-democracy movement.

The protesters also found that Xu had received a message saying "Everyone to the second terminal building" on Wechat, a Chinese social media app.

Some Thais who were stranded in Hong Kong on Monday night have returned to Thailand via Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Thai Airways.

Sean Lavin, an American who is in Hong Kong on vacation, said that he and his travel companions are slated to fly out of the airport on Wednesday, but the protests have left that in question.

"Violence. will push Hong Kong down a path of no return", she said.

President Donald Trump said reports from USA intelligence agencies shows the Chinese government is moving troops to its border with Hong Kong.

The South China Morning Post reported that a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed police had arrived on Monday in Shenzhen, a major Chinese city and special economic zone just over the border with Hong Kong. "Everyone should be calm and safe!" he commented.

Separately, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the U.S. of inciting protesters to turn against the local government and Beijing, while commentary in Chinese state news outlet Xinhua accused protesters intent on "destroying Hong Kong's future".

Earlier, speaking to reporters in New Jersey, Trump said he hoped no one would be killed in the city's protests.

In a tweet yesterday, Trump declared that Chinese troops were being moved towards Hong Kong, but far from opposing the decision he appeared to welcome it. "It really hurts me".



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