Hong Kong's Airport Shut Down After Thousands Protests
Faizan Hashmi 12 days ago Mon 12th August 2019 | 03:40 PM
Hong Kong, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Aug, 2019 ) :All flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled on Monday after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the city's airport to denounce police violence.
Although other rallies had been held over the previous three days, the airport authority said Monday's one had caused significant chaos.
"Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today." It warned that traffic to the airport was "very congested" and the facility's car parks were completely full.
They were responding to allegations that police were using increasingly violent tactics to suppress protests.
Protesters were also enraged at police apparently dressing in the black T-shirts worn by the pro-democracy movement to infiltrate the rallies and make surprise and violent arrests.
Among them was a woman who suffered a serious face injury, reportedly after being hit by a bean bag round, with rumours circulating that she had lost her vision in the incident.
The protests have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide of democratic freedoms in the southern Chinese city.
"Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely dangerous 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.
"This wantonly tramples on Hong Kong's rule of law and social order."