Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport

Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport

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.

Over the past two days, tensions rose once again after protesters staged a sit-in at the Hong Kong International Airport, causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, protesters were debating online how and when to apologise on LIHKG, an online Reddit-style forum where protesters crowdsource decisions.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam is warning that weeks of protests are putting the territory's stability in danger. It said it did not expect arriving flights to be affected, although dozens were already cancelled. The authority said protesters blocked passageways to the airport's restricted area, blocking passengers from continuing to immigration.

On Monday, more than 200 flights were cancelled and the airport was effectively shut down with no flights taking off or landing.

Passengers have been forced to stay in the city while airlines struggle to find other ways to get them to their destinations.

"It all comes down to landing [in Hong Kong]". Trump said in a tweet.

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"I urge all Thais to avoid areas where protests are continuing. I hope nobody gets killed".

Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti-government protesters during the unrest in the city.

China's tightly-controlled media are sending decidedly mixed signals to Hong Kong about these "exercises". "If it is necessary, please plan it carefully", he said.

One protest group asked in a lengthy statement for understanding, saying protesters chose the airport as a forum for demonstration only because they no longer felt safe protesting in public due to police violence. These include recommending direct flights and transits via another hub airport. This is not the Hong Kong I want to be in.

"In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation", an European Union spokesperson said in a statement.

Yesterday, amid an occupation numbering in the thousands, the airport authority was compelled to halt all check-in services for flights after 4.30 p.m., resulting in the cancellation of some 300 departures.

Netizens soon began to criticise the Australian man for not understanding the reason people in Hong Kong were protesting in the first place.

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