Canada's Trudeau extremely concerned about Hong Kong, urges China to be careful

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

The amended estimates, down from earlier predictions of +2% growth, come after hundreds of flights in and out of Hong Kong International Airport were cancelled on Monday due to protestors flooding into the arrivals hall.

Mass protests at Hong Kong's worldwide airport have forced flight cancellations to and from Australia.

We speak with Mary Hui, a reporter for the business news outlet Quartz who has been covering the mass demonstrations for more than two months.

In Beijing, the Cabinet's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office issued a statement saying the situation in Hong Kong was "beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism" and constituted an "existential threat" to the population of Hong Kong.

"Our decoy officers do not take part in any unlawful activities", Tang said.

Some flights resumed but many others were cancelled.

Joydeep Chakravarti, a software engineer whose connecting flight to San Francisco was canceled during a layover in Hong Kong, expressed frustration that he was told to leave the airport when he wanted to stay inside the terminal. Some protesters were seen walking toward the airport amid the stifling heat.

The protests began in opposition to a bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland, but quickly evolved into a broader bid to reverse a slide of rights and freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended law enforcement actions Tuesday after protesters prompted an airport shutdown with calls to investigate alleged police brutality.

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Police have also reported injuries among their ranks, including eye irritation from laser pointers, burns from petrol bombs and bruises and cuts from flying.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam gestures during a news conference in Hong Kong, China August 13, 2019. At one point, protesters blocked the entrance to a plaza to prevent police from entering.

Authorities had deployed more aggressive tactics during the weekend protests, with riot police videotaped beating demonstrators in subway stations and officers going undercover to infiltrate the group and make arrests.

Police stormed a number of underground train stations, firing tear gas and arresting protesters. Dressed in the black T-shirts and dust masks that have become the de facto uniform of the protest movement, the visibly angry crowd chanted slogans such as "an eye for an eye!" - a reference to the young medic whose blood-drenched face became iconic overnight.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned Tuesday of the unsafe consequences facing the city, one of Asia's most important financial hubs, if escalating violence at the rallies was not curbed.

"I don't think I will ever fly to Hong Kong again", she said. So, what exactly is happening in Hong Kong now and why are people protesting?

Members of the public have been warned to avoid the area.

In 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China, under the assumption that there would be a "one country, two systems" operation in place - meaning there would be one country, China, but two distinct Chinese regions: China and Hong Kong. We can not believe them anymore.

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