Hong Kong airport reopens after protests, but hundreds more flights cancelled
The abrupt shutdown of one of the world's busiest hubs came after thousands of black-clad demonstrators flooded the airport for a peaceful rally.
Cathay Pacific advised passengers to"postpone non-essential travel". The airline, which has come under pressure from Beijing, also warned its own staff that they could be fired for supporting"illegal protests".
It was a dramatic escalation of a 10-week crisis that has been the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of Hong Kong since the 1997 British handover.
"Last night was chaotic," said Kate Flannery from Australia, who was travelling to Paris."The airport authority didn't deal with the situation. I felt like I was walking around and nobody gave us information."
Passengers and demonstrators rest in the arrival hall after flights were cancelled due to the anti-extradition bill protest at Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
The protesters adopted the slogan after a woman suffered a serious facial injury that reportedly caused her to lose the vision in one eye at a demonstration that turned violent on Sunday night.
The activists have called on their supporters to return to the airport later on Tuesday, though it was unclear whether authorities would allow that to happen.
But the city's Beijing-backed leader has ruled out meeting the protesters' demands, which include the right to choose their next leader and an investigation into alleged police brutality.
Over the weekend police fired tear gas into subway stations and crowded shopping streets in confrontations with protesters at nearly a dozen locations across the city.
"This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong's rule of law and social order."
And a commentary early Tuesday on China's official Xinhua news agency spoke of"black-clad mobsters" and said Hong Kong's future is at a"critical juncture".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on China"to be very careful and very respectful in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong".Read more: CNA
First signs of terrorism emerging in Hong Kong protests: Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office HONG KONG (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS) - China on Monday (Aug 12) slammed violent protesters in Hong Kong who had used 'dangerous tools ' to attack police officers and warned that 'signs of terrorism are emerging'. . Read more at straitstimes.com. These are people peacefully protesting and they are about to be attacked by government forces The definition of terrorism seems to depend largely on what’s explained by the Beijing English Dictionary. If it is true that terrorism is emerging in Hong Kong, then the question arises as to why this is so? Terrorism does not emerge from nowhere - there are causes for it. One is where governments refuse to listen to their polities, to learn of their grievances through discussion.
Flights resume at Hong Kong airport after protestsFlights resumed Tuesday at Hong Kong airport a day after a massive pro-democracy rally there forced the shutdown of the busy international transport hub. The abrupt shutdown of one of the world's busiest hubs came after thousands of black-clad demonstrators flooded the airport for a peaceful rally
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