Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

  • Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

Additional answers to the president's inquiry might be found in a recent meeting between American diplomat Julie Eadeh and Hong Kong's protest leaders, prompting suspicions that Washington may have a greater hand in the dispute than it lets on.

The protests have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, presenting Chinese leader Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday after protesters flooded the terminal buildings. Check-in counters reopened to queues of hundreds of tired travellers who had waited overnight for their flights.

Meanwhile, a court has issued an injunction order to remove protesters from the airport. Nor was it clear whether authorities would allow them to protest.

"The choice of words in this case is created to signal to the Hong Kong authorities that they can use a higher degree of violence and repression", he told AFP.

Demonstrators protesting a perceived erosion of civil liberties under Chinese rule clashed with police at Hong Kong's worldwide airport late on Tuesday, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil after 10 weeks of increasingly violent clashes. Online, they also circulated letters and promotional materials apologising to travellers and the general public for inconveniences during the past five days of airport occupations.

Shareholders of Cathay Pacific have condemned the "violent" protests after the airline's shares fell to a decade low.

Demonstrators who have been protesting for the past nine weeks against Beijing's growing influence in the special administrative region targeted the worldwide airport for a second day on Tuesday.

On June 9, crowds bring central Hong Kong to a standstill to protest against a controversial extradition law that critics say would erode freedoms in the city. He said: "Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong".

And a commentary early Tuesday on China's official Xinhua news agency spoke of "black-clad mobsters" and said Hong Kong's future is at a "critical juncture". Riot police clashed briefly with the demonstrators, leading to several injuries and prompting at least one officer to draw a handgun on his assailants.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chinese Cabinet's liaison office in Hong Kong said the protesters had "entirely ruptured legal and moral bottom lines" and would face swift and severe repercussions under Hong Kong's legal system. At a press conference yesterday, Lam denounced the "illegal activities" of the protesters, defended the violent actions of the police and warned that "riot activities [have] pushed Hong Kong to the brink of no return".

In the U.S., surveys taken after the violent suppression of protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 showed public approval for China dropped dramatically, particularly among people under 30 and has never recovered, the official said, suggesting that Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong is not a good idea.

On posters, the demonstrators said they have been "riddled with paranoia and rage" after discovering undercover police officers in their ranks.

Some 21 countries and regions have issued travel safety alerts, saying the protests have become more violent and unpredictable.

"The primary goal would be to intimidate Hong Kong protesters by suggesting they might move in and restore "stability" by force", said Mr Andrew Chubb, a Chinese politics and foreign policy researcher at Lancaster University.

The editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, tweeted that the man was a journalist with the paper.