Hong kong protests cripple airport for second day - Whisper Eye

Hong kong protests cripple airport for second day


Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia’s key transport hubs.


Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day.


Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles.
At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.
They were said to be holding identity cards showing they were police officers from mainland China.


Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as protester during the unrest in the city.
The airport, one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since Friday. It has become the latest focus of mass political unrest in Hong Kong that began 10 weeks ago and shows no signs of abating.


The wider 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. They are being fuelled by fears that the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region of China are being eroded.


The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, earlier issued a fresh warning to protesters.
Ms Lam said Hong Kong had “reached [a] dangerous situation” and that violence during protests would push it “down a path of no return”.


Meanwhile, Chinese state media have published images of convoys of military police gathering in the border city of Shenzhen, says the BBC’s Stephen McDonell, who is in Hong Kong.
The official Xinhua news agency said “mobsters” had created “an atmosphere of terror” on Hong Kong’s streets.

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