Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Hong Kong's airport shut down after thousands protests

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They gathered first in the Tai Po district, despite police denying their request for a march permit there, and quickly faced off against officers dressed in riot gear.

At the airport, a flight attendant protesting on his day off, who gave only his surname, Lau, to avoid repercussions from his employer, said heavy-handed police tactics had alienated some people. Since Friday, groups of peaceful protesters have occupied the airport's main arrivals terminal, unfurling banners and handing out anti-government leaflets in multiple languages to global visitors.

Thousands of activists also occupied the airport arrivals hall for a third day in a row, while others turned out earlier at a downtown park. It was not immediately clear if the number included a police officer who authorities said suffered burns from a petrol bomb thrown by demonstrators.

Organisers of the protests have called for a million people to take over the airport today as a reaction for alleged police brutality.

"The police have told a lot of lies to Hong Kong people".

"These are powerful weapons that are inherently indiscriminate and have the potential of causing serious injury and even death".

At the airport, a mainland visitor surnamed Zou expressed her disappointment over Cathy Pacific, saying it is irresponsible if the airline allows its employee who has taken part in violent protests and been charged with related crimes to continue to work.

"Rush forward like floods when you advance, and withdraw yourself like the receding tide", Lester Shum, who was a student leader during the city's pro-democracy movement in 2014, previously said of the strategy in a Facebook post.

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The UK too has faced increasing pressure to take greater action over the protests.

Last Thursday and Friday, China's state-owned media circulated a photo of Julie Eaden, political unit chief of the USA consulate general in Hong Kong, meeting in a hotel lobby with prominent opposition leaders, including Joshua Wong, a student leader in the so-called umbrella protests in 2014. "He underlined that the violence should not cloud the lawful actions of the majority".

The Beijing regime has strongly hinted several times that it could use the Chinese military to suppress the protests.

The former British colony has been the site of widespread protests in recent months which began with a campaign against a controversial extradition bill and has gone on to include a push for electoral reforms in the Chinese territory.

Mickey, 16, said many of her classmates chose to sacrifice their study time for the "dream" of Hong Kong's future despite not knowing if it would lead anywhere.

Cathay's CEO Rupert Hogg said in a message to staff on Saturday that the airline was obliged to comply with the new rules set out by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

By appealing to the global community, and making sure it is their message that most foreigners are seeing, protesters have shown themselves adept at public relations.

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