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Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests”

Protesters are demanding full withdrawal of the bill, amnesty for all demonstrators arrested in relation to the unrest, a retraction of the government's characterization of the protests as "riots", an independent inquiry into allegations of police use of force, and universal suffrage, which is promised in the territory's charter.

Beijing's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office denounced the incident, noting the protest movement was "beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism" and constituted an "existential threat" to the population.

"One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy", said the statement, attributed to spokesman Yang Guang (楊光).

Only flights that had already started boarding or those cleared for landing were allowed to use runways at the airport.

"Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today", authorities said, according to The Guardian.

In recent years, however, some Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of chipping away at the democratic freedoms promised them under the agreement.

This is not the first time protesters showed up at the airport, although never to this scale. The young man, who said his name was Chow Ka-lok and asked for a lawyer, was shown with a bleeding head wound and said he had a broken tooth.

In the evening, protesters splintered into several fronts, adopting a flash-mob-style protest aimed at avoiding direct confrontation with police.

Demonstrators threw up barricades across Hong Kong at the weekend, as police fired tear gas into crowded underground train stations as well as rubber bullets and pepper pellets at close range.

"Protesters have been frequently using extremely unsafe tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging". In response, police began firing tear gas to clear the crowd, and some protesters retaliated by throwing random objects and spraying water at police. Many wore face masks to shield their identities, and a few had helmets. We speak with Mary Hui, a reporter for the business news outlet Quartz who has been covering the mass demonstrations for more than two months.

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

The decision came after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators flooded into the airport holding signs reading "Hong Kong is not safe" and "Shame on police". "We won't ask them to stir up trouble".

After mention of the protests was initially censored - as with most unrest in China - photos and videos of violence have become a more common sight in mainland Chinese media, which has emphasized the radical elements of the anti-government movement and sought to paint it as controlled by the United States and other foreign "black hands".

It has struggled to find middle ground after one of its pilots was arrested for rioting over his alleged participation in a Hong Kong protest. The central government now said the protesters are engaged in terrorist activities, the strongest condemnation that they have issued yet.

"I feel exhausted. I'm trying to get some sleep". "The police action has gone totally nonsensical".



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