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UK NewsClashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

22:40  13 august  2019
22:40  13 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

By Tom Westbrook and Clare Jim

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday after flights were disrupted for a second day as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Chinese government was moving troops to the border with Hong Kong and he urged calm.

Hong Kong airport cancels all remaining flights due to protests

Hong Kong airport cancels all remaining flights due to protests Hong Kong airport has cancelled all remaining flights on Monday because of pro-democracy protests at the terminal. "Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today," said Hong Kong's Airport Authority. Traffic near the airport was very congested and car parking full, the authority said. People at the airport are demonstrating over a planned extradition law, claims of police brutality and a call for more democracy.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Trump said the situation in Hong Kong was tricky but he hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and "for liberty" without anyone getting hurt or killed.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chief Exectuve Carrie Lam warned that Hong Kong risked being "smashed to pieces".

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police arrive to the airport during a mass anti-extradition bill demonstration in Hong Kong

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

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Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters try to stop the police vehicle which goes to the airport during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Thousands of black-clad protesters jammed the terminal chanting, singing and waving banners.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong,

Scuffles broke out in the evening after an injured man was held by a group of protesters. Some claimed he was an undercover mainland Chinese agent and initialy refused to let him leave.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong,

Medics, however, bundled him onto a stretcher and forced their way through jeering throngs to an ambulance.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Several police vehicles were blocked by protesters and riot police moved in amid chaotic scenes, using pepper spray to keep people back. A policeman pulled out a gun at one point.

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UK Should Give Citizenship To Hong Kong Chinese, MP Says Amid Escalating Tensions Hong Kong Chinese people should be given British citizenship to reassure them amid increasingly violent clashes between protesters and police in the city, a senior Tory MP has said. Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the Commons foreign affairs committee, said Britain should have extended the right when it gave up colonial control of Hong Kong to China in 1997. It comes as protesters, some waving union jack flags, demand that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam steps down and scraps legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China to face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Protesters also barricaded some passageways in the airport with luggage trolleys, metal barriers and other objects. Others clambered onto check-in counters as the protesters appeared to control part of the airport for a short while. At least two protesters were taken away by police.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong,

Another mainland Chinese man was held and tied down by protesters at the airport after they thought he was posing as a reporter. The editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, tweeted that the man was a journalist with the paper. He was later taken away by ambulance.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police confront anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong

The situation calmed down after a few hours without the violence worsening, and the crowds thinned out. Local media reported that an injunction had been issued by a local court to clear the airport of protesters.

China 'will not sit on its hands' over Hong Kong protests

China 'will not sit on its hands' over Hong Kong protests The Chinese government will "not sit on its hands" over the protests in Hong Kong, Beijing's UK ambassador has said, adding it has "solutions". It came as new pictures emerged showing the build up of armed forces in the city of Shenzhen, just across the border with Hong Long.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Police retreat into a van during clashes with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong

The action followed an unprecedented shutdown of the airport on Monday. Hong Kong's Airport Authority said operations had been "seriously disrupted" on Tuesday and departing passengers had been unable to reach immigration counters.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

The weeks of protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China and have swelled into wider calls for democracy.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

The increasingly violent clashes between police and protesters have roiled the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong's stockmarket fell to a seven-month low on Tuesday.

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Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

PUSHED INTO THE ABYSS

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Riot police is seen during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

The United Nations human rights commissioner, Michele Bachelet, urged Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of their forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/Issei Kato Member of the airport staff tries to stop anti-government protesters during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

China responded by saying her comments sent the wrong signal to "violent criminal offenders".

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets petitioners outside her office in Hong Kong

Chief Executive Lam made an appeal for calm and restraint.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/Tyrone Siu Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport

"Take a minute to look at our city, our home," she said,

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

her voice cracking, at a news conference in the newly-fortified government headquarters complex.

Hong Kong economy grows less than expected as recession fears hit

Hong Kong economy grows less than expected as recession fears hit Hong Kong’s economy grew less than expected at just 0.5 per cent year-on-year for the second quarter, the government revealed [] The post Hong Kong economy grows less than expected as recession fears hit appeared first on CityAM.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Passengers with inside the departure hall after check-in services have been suspended due to an anti-government demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

"Can we bear to push it into the abyss and see it smashed to pieces?" she said.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Anti-government protesters try to prevent a passenger from breaching a barricade in front of departure gates, during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

Demonstrators want Lam to resign. She says she will stay.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Anti-government protesters react after the announcement that all airport operations are suspended due to a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

The events present Chinese President Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Anti-government protesters block the access to the departure gates, during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

Hong Kong legal experts say Beijing might be paving the way to use anti-terrorism laws to try to quell the demonstrations. On Monday,

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Britain, a guarantor of the agreement that transferred Hong Kong to China in 1997, on Tuesday condemned the violence and urged dialogue.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of trolleys during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

"Concerning to see what's happening in Hong Kong and the worrying pictures of clashes between police & protesters at the airport," Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Twitter.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/THOMAS PETER Anti-government protesters attend a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport

ANGRY PASSENGERS

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday, adding that the employee is from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter. An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's "interference" in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport

"I think paralysing the airport will be effective in forcing Carrie Lam to respond to us...it can further pressure Hong Kong's economy," said Dorothy Cheng, a 17-year-old protester.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport

Despite the trouble, some flights were still scheduled to take off early on Wednesday morning with some tourists still waiting in the departure hall and dining areas, according to Reuters journalists in the airport.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Anti-extradition bill protesters try to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport

Some passengers challenged protesters over the delays as tempers began to fray.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/MOE DOIRON FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab meets with Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Toronto

Flag carrier Cathay Pacific said flights might still be cancelled at short notice. The airline, whose British heritage makes it a symbol of Hong Kong's colonial past, is also in a political bind.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/Tyrone Siu Fu Guohao, reporter of Chinese media Global Times website, is tied by protesters during a mass demonstration at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

China's civil aviation regulator demanded that the airline suspend staff who joined or backed the protests from flights in its airspace, pushing the carrier's shares past Monday's 10-year low.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/TYRONE SIU A tee shirt where it reads ”I love Hong Kong police” is found in the bag of Fu Guohao, reporter of Chinese media Global Times website, during a mass demonstration, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong

Other Chinese airlines have offered passengers wanting to avoid Hong Kong a free switch to nearby destinations, such as Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen or Zhuhai, with the disruption sending shares in Shenzhen Airport Co Ltd surging.

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted © Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST U.S. President Trump walks towards reporters as he boards Air Force One for travel to Pennsylvania from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey

(Additional reporting by Felix Tam, Noah Sin, Donny Kwok, Greg Torode and James Pomfret in Hong Kong; Additional reporting by Jamie Freed in Singapore and Stella Qiu in Beijing; Writing by James Pomfret; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Angus MacSwan)

Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted
Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted
Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted
Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted
Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

Beijing confirms detention of official from British consulate in Hong Kong.
An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday, adding that the employee is from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter. An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's "interference" in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months.

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