Hong Kong Protests: All flights to Hong Kong International Airport Canceled

  • Protests in Hong Kong have reached their tenth week. Hong Kong has witnessed widespread unrest in recent days.
  • Eyewitnesses reported Sunday that one of the protesters was injured by a plastic bullet.
  • The sit-in at Hong Kong Airport has entered its fourth consecutive day.

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights on Monday as the fourth day of protests at the airport’s main terminal continued. The Airport is one of the busiest in East Asia and the world. Thousands of protesters started rallying at the airport’s entrance and exit lounges four days ago trying to make their protest heard around the world.

Hong Kong (officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

A statement issued by the airport said the gatherings had caused “excessive disturbance.” The airport has announced that it will cancel all flights until further notice and advise travelers not to travel to the airport. Inbound flights to the airport have not been canceled yet.

Protests in Hong Kong have reached their tenth week. Hong Kong witnessed widespread unrest over the weekend, reaching its peak on Sunday with police firing tear gas at counter-protesters. Released videos show the tear gas being thrown into subway stations. The Hong Kong police said it was an attempt to disperse the protesters. Billy Lee, a senior member of Hong Kong’s leading lawyer’s group, told news reporters that the videos released show the police’s violent and inappropriate approach to the protesters.

Increased violence

Eyewitnesses reported Sunday that one of the protesters was injured by a plastic bullet. Police have said the protesters are responsible for the escalation of violence, claiming that the protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at their recent demonstrations.

Carrie Lam or (born 13 May 1957) is a Hong Kong politician serving as the 4th and current Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. She served as the Chief Secretary for Administration, the most senior principal official, from 2012 to 2017, and as Secretary for Development from 2007 to 2012.

Sunday’s demonstration was marred by violence as protesters gathered in one of Hong Kong’s main parks, demanding to march on one of the city’s main streets. According to reports, demonstrators attacked the police. A number of demonstrators and police officers were injured in the clashes. Pictures posted on social media show police using tear gas against protesters at a subway station.

Hong Kong has witnessed clashes with police officers over the past two months. Officials at the Hong Kong Hospital have reported four people injured during the weekend clashes. Also, police have arrested a number of protesters. Hong Kong police have told news reporters that the exact number of detainees on Sunday is still unclear. Reports indicate that five people were arrested on Saturday.

A new wave of protests began in Hong Kong ten weeks ago on June 9th. Hong Kong residents had taken to the streets to protest the extradition of suspected criminals to China. Police intervention to disperse protesters has sparked more demonstrations. As the protests spread, the Hong Kong local government withdrew the bill, but the protesters demanded the resignation of the autonomous region’s chief executive.

News sources in Hong Kong say in recent weeks demonstrators have changed their way of demonstrating and instead of holding a large rally, they attend several small rallies across Hong Kong to quickly escape if police attack.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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