Hong Kong airport cancels all departures

Hong Kong airport cancels all departures

The central government in Beijing and authorities in Hong Kong have characterized the demonstrations as illegal, unauthorized assemblies because many were not granted police approval.

Aussie travellers are facing major delays after thousands of pro-democracy protesters descended on Hong Kong's worldwide airport, forcing authorities to shut it down.

Increasingly violent protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious crisis in decades and presented a serious challenge to Beijing.

Hong Kong International Airport said the local airport authority is working with airlines to reschedule flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a statement.

"Radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely risky tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging".

Metro stations in Hong Kong resumed regular service on Monday and streets were being cleaned of debris as the city recovered from another night of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police.

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

Several thousand people gathered on Monday for a fourth day of anti-Hong Kong government protest.

The protests have been ongoing for four days at the terminal and have been shouting, "No rioters, only tyranny", Reuters reported.

US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said they were "bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party", and that a violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable.

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Trudeau also said he was focused on the need to protect Canada's interests in Hong Kong, which is home to about 300,000 Canadian citizens. More than 5 million metric tons of air freight passed through the airport past year, the council said.

The mass sit-in led to the cancelation of more than 130 flights departing Monday afternoon and evening.

Tear gas was sacked at the blackshirted crowds in districts on Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with one young female medic hospitalized after being shot in the right eye, triggering a protest by medical workers who wore bloodied patches over their eyes.

Ly said that they arrived at the airport a few hours early and checked in through security before they saw that it was cancelled on the departures board.

In response, protesters have sought to channel a Bruce Lee maxim: "Be water", employing a flash-mob strategy to frustrate authorities and stretch their resources.

Scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

The Hong Kong University Students' Union, made up of several local students unions from universities such as Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, issued a statement on the morning on August 12, condemning the actions of the local police as "out of control" and "dehumanizing". One widely circulated image showed a female protester shot in the eye. Demonstrators were also angered by the use of undercover police, dressed as protesters.

He said it will be up to the commander at the scene to decide on the appropriate use of force.

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong and Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flagship carrier and a major local employer, has been ordered by Chinese aviation authorities to ban staff who took part in protests from traveling to China.

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