Hong Kong protest disrupt airport for second day

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Flight check-in has been suspended at Hong Kong International Airport for a second consecutive day because of anti-government protests.

The airport, which is one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of protests for five consecutive days.

Videos on social media show passengers struggling to get through demonstrators, who have been sitting inside blocking departures.

Leader’s warning
Meanwhile, Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam had warned anti government protesters not to push the city into an “abyss”, in an emotional press conference on Tuesday.

Ms Lam said Hong Kong had “reached a dangerous situation” and that violence during protests would push it “down a path of no return”.

She was met with hostility as she dodged questions by reporters, who repeatedly shouted and cut her off.

Long protests continue
Protests are continuing for a fifth day at the city’s busy airport.

Mass unrest has rocked Hong Kong for 10 weeks and shows no signs of abating.

Large protests started in response to a proposed extradition bill, which has now been suspended, but have evolved into a more demanding pro-democracy movement.

Protests are fuelled by fear that the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region of China are being eroded.

Ms Lam’s comments came a day after hundreds of flights had to be cancelled when thousands occupied the city’s international airport. Dozens more have been cancelled on Tuesday, as demonstrators continue to gather.

Flights cancellation
Authorities said on Tuesday that operations have resumed, but warned flights would still be affected.

Flagship carrier Cathay Pacific said it had cancelled more than 200 inbound and outbound flights, and would run only a limited number for connecting passengers.

Some held signs apologising to passengers for the inconvenience. Others wore bandages and brandished slogans criticising the police’s deepening crackdown on the unrest.

Doctors at Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have also staged a small sit-in protest opposing police violence, report says.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu