Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

Daniel Fowler
August 17, 2019

Tensions rose briefly after the march, with riot police deployed to chase down a group of pro-democracy protesters they said were assembling illegally outside their station, shining laser pointers and throwing eggs.

"Any attempt to mess up Hong Kong is doomed to fail".

"The government has been ignoring us for months".

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed. our hopes for justice and freedom will never come to an end", protester Brian Leung, who fled Hong Kong after participating in a June occupation of the city's parliament, told a crowd on Friday night via video message.

The pro-democracy Civil Human Rights Front, which organized peaceful million-strong marches in June, has scheduled another protest for Sunday. Mainland's Communist party is quite scary, you never know what they will do, but at least for now they are still using the tactic to try to scare people ...

The activist pointed out that, in accordance with the law, the Chinese armed police could not enter the territory of Hong Kong.

Following an escalation in violence over the past few days, the rallies this weekend are a key test of whether the protest movement can retain the broad support that it has appeared to enjoy. "What we are fighting for is democracy and our rights".

He denounced the Hong Kong protesters' actions as "radical, violent and illegal" and said they were determined to undermine its "one country, two systems" arrangement.

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The Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union, organiser of the event themed "Safeguard the next generation, let our conscience speak", held a rally at Chater Garden in Central before a march to Government House, the residence of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the South China Morning Post reported.

The movement's demands include the resignation of the city leader, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.

Thousands of mostly young protesters forced a shutdown of flights at the city's Chek Lap Kok worldwide airport on Monday, disrupting flights until late Tuesday.

"On the 21st of August, we have planned to have another demonstration".

Police said three move on notices were issued, as well as an infringement for disorderly conduct, but none were issued to protesters.

After thousands of people gathered in protest in the main terminal of Cathay's home hub, Hong Kong global airport, the airline was eventually forced to cancel more than 200 flights.

The head of Hong Kong's major airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, resigned Friday following Beijing's warning to the carrier over participation by some employees in the city's recent mass protests. Nor have they used water cannon - two were purchased in 2014 - or unleashed the force's dog squad on protesters.

In a statement, she said: "Officials can be seen firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters on multiple occasions, creating a considerable risk of death or serious injury".

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