Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A second day of protests halt operations at Hong Kong International Airport

Photo Reuters 
For the second day in a row, flight operations have been hampered at Hong Kong International Airport by mass protests from pro-democracy anti-government campaigners.

The airport is one of the busiest in the world was overrun with protesters who chanted and blocked departures and other areas of the airport.  There were also ugly scenes of violence between some of the protesters and riot police, including a policeman hit repeatedly with his own batton after becoming momentarily isolated before withdrawing his pistol and aiming it at the heads of the protesters.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon cancelled more than sixty flights on Tuesday a further 13 have been cancelled for Wednesday and more are expected if the protesters return for another day. 

More scuffles also broke out in the evening after a man was detained by some of the protesters after it was claimed he was an undercover mainland Chinese police officer. Medics bundled hi out on a stretcher.  

Another mainland Chinese man was held by protesters after they thought he was posing as a reporter, however, The Global Times - a Chinese state-run newspaper said the man was one of its reporters and was later allowed to be taken away by medics. 

The Hong Kong Police Department has previously admitted to deploying officers disguised as the anti-government protesters during various unrest elsewhere in the city over the previous 10 weeks. 

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