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Flights resume at Hong Kong airport after protest shutdown

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport after protest shutdown

HONG KONG: Hong Kong airport has re-opened after a rally by thousands of pro-democracy protesters triggered an unprecedented shutdown, but hundreds of flights were still listed as cancelled.


By AFP

Tuesday 13 August 2019, 09:01AM


The protests have infuriated Beijing, which described some of the violent demonstrations as ‘terrorism’. Photo: AFP

The protests have infuriated Beijing, which described some of the violent demonstrations as ‘terrorism’. Photo: AFP

The abrupt closure marked a new low in a 10-week crisis that has seen millions of people take to Hong Kong’s streets in the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain.

The protests yesterday were driven by anger over alleged police brutality, with demonstrators claiming one woman had lost an eye at a weekend rally and video showing tear gas being used against them in a subway station.

But the protests have led to rising anger from authorities in Beijing, who yesterday described some of the violent demonstrations as “terrorism”.

State-run media yesterday also showed armoured personnel carriers assembling at a mainland city just across the border from Hong Kong.

Early today (Aug 13), passengers with luggage were being checked in at the departures hall and information boards showed several flights were boarding or about to depart.

But the woes at the airport remained far from over, with a massive backlog of flights to clear and activists calling for another protest there this afternoon.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flagship airline, listed more than 200 flights as still being cancelled this morning.

It an advisory posted on its website at 6am, Cathay said passengers urged customers to postpone non-essential travel from Hong Kong.

 

An eye for an eye’

This morning, only a handful of protesters remained in the airport.

It was unclear whether protesters, who have no clear leadership and organise via social media, would return to the airport in big numbers today.

Nor was it clear whether authorities would allow them to protest.

Many of the posters and artwork the protesters had hung throughout the airport yesterday had been taken down, but graffiti – some reading “an eye for an eye” – could still be seen in several places.

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.

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The demonstrators have accused police of causing the injury by firing a bean-bag round, and cite the case as evidence of what they say has been an excessive and disproportionate response by police to their protests.

The protests began in opposition to a bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland, but quickly evolved into a broader bid to reverse a slide of rights and freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, suspended plans for the extradition bill.

But Lam has consistently ruled out meeting any of the protesters’ other demands, which include the right to choose their next leader and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.

The demonstrations have become increasingly violent from both sides, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets protesters sometimes hurling bricks and bottles.

“It is becoming more and more dangerous, but if we don’t still come out at this point, our future will become more frightening, and we will lose our freedoms,” a 22-year-old protester at the airport told AFP yesterday.

 

China warns of ‘terrorism’

Authorities in Beijing yesterday slammed violent protesters who threw petrol bombs at police officers, linking them to “terrorism”.

“Hong Kong’s radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely dangerous tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging,” said Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council.

“This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong’s rule of law and social order.”

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

And a commentary early Tuesday on China's official Xinhua news agency spoke of “black-clad mobsters” and said Hong Kong’s future is at a “critical juncture”.

A senior official in the administration of US President Donald Trump yesterday urged “all sides” to avoid violence in Hong Kong.

“Societies are best served when diverse political views are respected and can be freely and peacefully expressed,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

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