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Hong Kong airport grinds to a halt as protests swell

Hong Kong airport grinds to a halt as protests swell”

As protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for a fourth day, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said the affected flights were the ones that were not checked in by the afternoon of Monday (local time).

Hong Kong airport has suspended check-in for all remaining flights due to ongoing protests inside the terminals.

The demonstration of specially equipped armoured cars came after another weekend of protests at Hong Kong's bustling global airport and on the streets of one of the city's main shopping districts.

In a statement Monday, Youngspiration, an opposition political party which has been heavily involved in the protests, called for sanctions against Lam and other top officials, echoing demands by others that the global community act on behalf of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

Roads to the airport were congested and auto parks were full, the authority said.

Legislators and journalists were invited to witness the display of extreme crowd control tactics, which came after a weekend of protests at the airport and on the streets of one of the city's main shopping districts.

Protesters were in their fourth consecutive day of protests at the airport, aiming to bring worldwide attention to a movement against police violence and unwanted Chinese influence over Hong Kong that has inflamed the city for 10 weeks. Police also denied permission for the march in Kowloon, but protesters went ahead anyway. As Hong Kongers living in Taiwan, we support every citizen of Hong Kong who went on strike and walked out of classes last week, as they spoke out by taking actions against a twisted social order.

Businesses, both worldwide and local, in Hong Kong have also faced pressure and accusations of acting in concert or sympathizing with the protesters.

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters have clashed with police in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city, marking a shift in tactics during a 10th straight weekend of unrest.

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Protesters were also on their third and final day of a sit-in at the city's airport that was billed as way to explain their movement to sometimes bemused arriving visitors.

Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of the city's leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests, and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.

"If she doesn't listen to the people and respond to our reasonable demands, we're going to continue to spread protests across Hong Kong".

'At the beginning, in June, I didn't take it very seriously, ' said Jason Liu, a 29-year-old arborist who joined a protest in Victoria Park near the city centre.

Protesters also faced off against police in the Kwai Fong train station, with the demonstrators using fire extinguishers and a water hose against riot officers who fired tear gas into the terminal.

Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by "interfering" foreign powers including Britain, but the protests seem to enjoy broad support in the city of more than 7 million people.

The warning follows new regulations imposed by China's aviation regulator requiring Cathay Pacific to submit manifests of staff on flights to the mainland or through its airspace.

Young people have been at the forefront, anxious about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, while also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city.



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