Hong Kong protestors cripple airport

Daniel Fowler
August 12, 2019

The Hong Kong community, including political parties, residents and tourists, have voiced support for the decision by Civil Aviation Administration of China to ban Cathy Pacific staff who have involved in radical protests from flying the mainland routes.

The developments marked yet another dramatic escalation in a 10-week crisis that had already become the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of Hong Kong since the 1997 British handover. The protesters erected barricades, marched to police stations, and hurled bricks and petrol bombs at officers.

"I am concerned about my future, about Hong Kong's future, we all are", said Victor, a 27-year-old art tutor, his face slick with tears from tear-gas smoke near Wan Chai.

Chants of "Liberate Hong Kong" had earlier echoed through the streets as more than 1,000 protesters wearing black marched amid a tense atmosphere.

Officers in riot gear pursued protesters into subway stations, where they were recorded firing tear gas in enclosed environments and at close range. She said she was anxious about escalating violence, but added that "the protesters were just trying to protect themselves against police violence".

Other demands include the withdrawal of charges against arrested protesters, an independent inquiry into police violence, and free elections based on universal suffrage for Hong Kong's legislative and administrative bodies.

Riot police stand off with protesters at Kwai Fong district on August 11, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

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On Saturday, she addressed students at Hong Kong army cadets camp and warned that the city was "suffering from external worries and internal perils, and the risk of an economic downturn is very high". Lo said the force "will strive to investigate all violent acts that have caused serious and even life-threatening injuries". Demonstrators avoided heading to North Point, where local pro-Beijing groups had mobilised supporters.

As police have dialled up their aggression, protesters have sought to channel a Bruce Lee maxim: "Be water", making use of a flash-mob strategy to frustrate authorities and stretch their resources.

In the statement the authority added that the demonstration "seriously disrupted" airport operations at one of the world's busiest hubs.

More demonstrations are planned on Sunday, including at the working class district of Sham Shui Po, the scene of violent confrontations between activists and police, prompting authorities to plan shutting many public buildings there.

A government spokesman described the day's demonstrations as "illegal activities" that have "been significantly affecting people's daily lives".

Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by "interfering" foreign powers including Britain.

China is the main diplomatic ally and economic benefactor of isolated North Korea, which has been under global sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

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