Thousands of demonstrators, wearing black clothing and carrying posters denouncing the police, filled the arrival and departure halls of Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, prompting the cancellation of more than 100 flights at one of the world's busiest transportation hubs...
In a statement on Monday, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in. Thousands flocked to the airport to protest police brutality they said was committed during anti-government protests over the weekend.
"This is a gross violation of the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong", he added, arguing that "violent crimes must be resolutely cracked down in accordance with the law, without hesitation or mercy".
"In recent days, Hong Kong's radical protesters have repeatedly attacked police with highly risky tools, which constitute serious violent crimes and have started to show signs of terrorism", Yang said.
Hong Kong has reportedly ordered three of the vehicles at a cost of HK$27 million ($3.4 million), though police declined to confirm the exact price-tag.
A top Hong Kong official urged demonstrators to head home as concerns grew that police would take action to clear the area.
The protests, which was triggered by opposition to a planned extradition law, has morphed into a wider movement for democratic reform and a halt to eroding freedoms.
The airline, Hong Kong's flagship carrier, has found itself in a hard position over long-running pro-democracy demonstrations in the territory that have angered Beijing.
While both said they haven't been scared by the violence that has rocked Hong Kong in recent weeks, they admitted to being anxious about what could happen at the airport this evening.
The Students' Union called on all Hongkongers to go on a strike for an indefinite period, as well as urging protests to continue to show up at the Hong Kong International Airport at 1 p.m. local time every day.
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific warned its staff on Monday that supporting "illegal protests" could result in being fired from the company.
This is not the Hong Kong I've learnt to love.
"Based on the suspension of air services, SAA's operations between Hong Kong and Johannesburg for 12 August 2019 have been cancelled", said SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali. Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, suspended the bill indefinitely but stopped short of completely withdrawing it from the legislative agenda. There is good and bad to both protests and there is good and bad to police, and I just wish both sides would just stop.
Luxury shops were caught up in the protests, with some shoppers even taking pictures of riot police, while other bystanders - at one stage hundreds - jeered the officers.
The police attempted to fend off criticism Monday about widely shared videos from Sunday night's clashes, including graphic images of a woman who was shot in the eye and of an arrest in which officers dressed like protesters pinned a bleeding demonstrator to the ground. As protests grew increasingly violent, China has pointed to the appearance of US flags as evidence of foreign involvement.
Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where people are chafing at Chinese rule.
"The police have told a lot of lies to Hong Kong people". "What they gain is for [all of] us".
Police permitted the rally in Victoria Park but denied a request by organizers to also have a march in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island. Officially Hong Kong and Macao are classified as "special administrative regions" with a greater degree of autonomy than mainland Chinese provinces.