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Hong Kong airport cancels flights amid continued protests

Hong Kong airport cancels flights amid continued protests Hong Kong airport cancels flights amid continued protests
Bennie Garza | 13 August, 2019, 03:42

Also on Monday, journalists and lawmakers were invited to observe as Hong Kong police demonstrated how they would use armored vehicles equipped with water cannons, which Amnesty International has warned could result in serious injuries on the city's densely populated streets.

"I came out today to reject the government in Hong Kong and and the police violence", said Matthew, 22, who works in IT.

The 149 people, arrested between August 9 and August 12, comprise 111 male and 38 female, aged between 15 to 53.

The police were condemned for heavy-handedness at a news conference by three individuals who said they represented the protesters and reiterated a demand for an independent panel to investigate incidents of excessive force.

According to hospital authorities, at least nine people were injured in the violence Sunday, two seriously. Some of the protesters later went to different places all over Hong Kong and blocked main roads and thoroughfares, besieged police stations and damaged police vehicles. The protesters erected barricades, marched to police stations, and hurled bricks and petrol bombs at officers.

Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely unsafe tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging.

Banners at the rally in Victoria Park read "Give Hong Kong back to us" and "Withdraw the evil law", the latter a reference to an extradition bill that was the original spark for the protests.

Wong has repeatedly called on the US government not to ship crowd control equipment to Hong Kong. Tear gas was sacked at crowds in the districts of Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

"Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely risky tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging", said Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council. A large crowd sat under umbrellas, which are both a protest symbol in Hong Kong and protection from the summer heat. One woman had been hit in the eye with a tear gas canister.

Mass flight cancellations at Hong Kong's airport disrupted one of the world's busiest air-transport hubs on Monday, causing chaos for tourists and business travelers and playing havoc with global airlines' flight schedules- a fresh escalation of the city's protest movement that threatens the Asian city's business-friendly image. Others just carried backpacks over the black T-shirts that have become their uniform.

The protests in Hong Kong were sparked by opposition to a bill allowing extradition to the mainland, but they have morphed into a broader movement seeking greater democratic freedoms in the city.

Intense protests then followed on June 9 as hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were joined by civil servants and others, including business professionals.

"We have been completely abandoned by the airport staff", they said. But Hong Kongers have long accused Beijing of encroaching on this autonomy since the handover, spurring protests and unrest.

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