All Flights Cancelled Out Of Hong Kong Airport Amid Democracy Protests

Erika Holt
August 13, 2019

The flight cancelations left many visitors stranded in the airport, surrounded by scores of protesters.

It said only those flights that have already completed the check-in process will move ahead.

A massive traffic jam soon formed on the highway leading back to Hong Kong's city center.

The focus on the airport comes as the city's protest movement enters its 11th week.

Earlier Monday, Hong Kong police showed off water cannons that could be deployed in the case of future demonstrations, a development which Amnesty International has warned could lead to serious injuries if misused within the densely-populated city's confined spaces.

After refusing to leave, the group were finally offered transport to a hotel in Hong Kong were they are still waiting for news on a flight home, but many others remain stuck at the airport.

In Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula, a mob threw petrol bombs into the police station, and the legs of a policeman were burnt by fire consequently. They were suspected of crimes including unlawful assembly, assault on policemen, obstruction of police in the execution of duty, possession of offensive weapons and unsafe objects.

The 17.05 (local time) Air New Zealand flight from Hong Kong to Auckland looked to be going ahead, but the 21.05 Cathay Pacific flight to Auckland was showing as cancelled, along with Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia and Qantas flights to various destinations in Australia. Elsewhere in the city, police were captured on video apparently firing crowd control weapons toward protesters at point-blank range in enclosed spaces. Many wore face masks to shield their identities, and a few had helmets.

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Demonstrators chanted that police should "return the eye" of a protester who was seriously injured by police.

The Hong Kong protests started in June in response to the introduction of a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed Hongkongers to be trialed in mainland china, eroding the city-state's legal and political independence according to critics. But in recent years, some have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of steadily chipping away at their freedoms.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was extremely concerned about events in Hong Kong and urged Chinese authorities to handle the protests there with tact.

A police officer points a firearm during a clash with protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station, in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.

Hong Kong's mass demonstrations and unrest show no sign of abating, more than two months after they were sparked by a controversial extradition bill that has since been suspended. "We won't ask them to stir up trouble". In the aftermath of the incident, Hong Kong internet users launched an eye for eye action, calling for the public to cripple Hong Kong International Airport, the news outlet reported.

Chinese officials have also appealed to Hong Kongers directly to condemn the violent protests, in an apparent attempt to split the movement.

Another protester, who identified herself only as Bea, said she took the day off from work to express her outrage.

"I feel exhausted. I'm trying to get some sleep".

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