Hong Kong airport cancels all departing flights over protests

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

"The police have told a lot of lies to Hong Kong people".

The protests have since then grown to encompass a wide range of grievances about the future of Hong Kong.

The video shows roughly two dozen armoured carriers apparently driving through the southern city of Guangzhou and other troop carriers leaving eastern Fujian province.

All passenger flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled Monday afternoon after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the city's airport to denounce police violence, stranding many Thai nationals.

"Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today", it added.

The Hong Kong University Students' Union, made up of several local students unions from universities such as Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, issued a statement on the morning on August 12, condemning the actions of the local police as "out of control" and "dehumanizing".

Former Trump Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland and former Army Intelligence & Special Operations Brett Velicovich says the Chinese government is very anxious the Hong Kong protests could spill over to Beijing.

Scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

The brand-new vehicles, complete with real-time surveillance cameras and multiple spray nozzles, were wheeled out after police clashed with demonstrators at almost a dozen locations on Sunday. A large crowd sat under umbrellas, which are both a protest symbol in Hong Kong and protection from the summer heat. At least 40 people were treated in hospital after clashes on Sunday, including a woman who was hit, reportedly with a beanbag round, and could potentially lose an eye.

After night of violence, thousands of protesters shut down Hong Kong airport
Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement that the demonstration " seriously disrupted " airport operations. Traffic on roads to the airport was extremely congested and auto park spaces were full, it said.

Protesters demonstrate at the airport in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

Monday's demonstration, which showed the water cannon was powerful enough to force dummy targets back at distances of 30 to 40 meters (33 to 44 yards), drew a rebuke from global rights group Amnesty International.

"The situation in Hong Kong has now become risky in terms of potential consequences, but also threatens the reputation of the city as a safe and stable business hub served by a world class airport", said Loizos Heracleous, a professor of strategy at Britain's Warwick University.

Protesters claimed police have used undue force in their dealings with them and many alleged that an attack on innocent bystanders and protesters in July by the Chinese mafia was a result of a "mutually beneficial relationship" between Chinese gangs and the police.

It's been 10 weeks since mass demonstrations erupted in Hong Kong, when millions took to the streets to demand the withdrawal of an extradition bill that would have sent people from Hong Kong to mainland China to face criminal charges. In recent years, however, some Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of chipping away at the democratic freedoms promised them under the agreement.

However, China's Civil Aviation Authority issued a warning to Cathay Pacific about the involvement of its staff in "riots".

Cathay Pacific said it was obliged to comply with the new rules, citing the mainland's importance to its operations.

Anyone planning to travel between Australia and Hong Kong has been urged to check with their airline.

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