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WorldHong Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protests Swarm Airport

12:08  12 august  2019
12:08  12 august  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled departing flights , as anti-government protests in its main terminal continue for a fourth day. In a statement on Monday , Hong Kong 's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.

More than 200 flights were canceled at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday because of a HONG KONG — Antigovernment protesters are expected to kick off a three-day demonstration on In recent weeks, the protests have often ended with the Hong Kong police firing tear gas and rubber

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong airport authorities canceled remaining flights on Monday after protesters swarmed the main terminal building for a fourth day, the biggest disruption yet to the city’s economy since demonstrations began in early June.

Hong Kong Cancels All Remaining Monday Flights as Protests Swarm Airport© Thomson Reuters People are seen near a closed security gate as anti-extradition bill protesters attend a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

“Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” the airport said in a statement. “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 canceled for the rest of today.”

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The Hong Kong International Airport canceled more than 100 flights on Monday morning, according to a statement issued by one of the world's busiest airports .

“ Airport Authority Hong Kong is aware that there have been calls posted online for a public assembly at the airport on 9-11 August. The protest was peaceful and did not interrupt flights . But Cathay Pacific has seen bookings drop as the crisis continues in Hong Kong , chairman John Slosar warned

Thousands of black-clad protesters on Monday packed the arrival area, where they had gathered for a three-day sit-in that was originally planned to end last night. Shares of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s main airline, tumbled to a 10-year low after the news. The government planned a press briefing for 5:15 p.m. local time.

China stepped up its rhetoric on Monday, saying protesters have committed serious crimes and showed signs of “terrorism.” Hong Kong has come to a “critical juncture” and all people who care about its future should say no to violence, Yang Guang, a spokesman for its Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told reporters on Monday as protesters gathered at the airport.

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Anti-government protesters filled parts of the airport on Monday . Hong Kong police ramp up force, firing tear gas inside Kwai Fong MTR station, as city rocked by more anti-government protest violence.

As Hong Kong 's pro -democracy protests grow in frequency and intensity, the commander of the city's PLA garrison said last week that protester violence "should not be Hong Kong 's Airport Authority reported 224 flights were canceled Monday after a sit in protest at Hong Kong International Airport .

The protests, sparked in June by a bill easing extraditions to the mainland, have evolved into the biggest challenge to Chinese control since the U.K. relinquished its former colony in 1997. The social unrest has hurt the economy and impacted daily life in one of the world’s most densely crowded cities, raising concern that Beijing will use force to restore order.

Authorities had deployed more aggressive tactics during the weekend protests, with riot police videotaped beating demonstrators in subway stations and officers going undercover to infiltrate the group and make arrests. The violent scenes emerged as protesters used flash mobs across the city, surrounding police stations, disrupting traffic, and hurling projectiles including bricks and petrol bombs. One officer was taken to the hospital after suffering burns in the upmarket shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui. Mob violence broke out elsewhere.

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Protesters converged on Hong Kong ’s international airport Friday, kicking off a three-day sit-in and the first of Yet for this Hong Kong , we fight.” The airport demonstration is the latest move seeking to disrupt daily life Last Monday , more than 200 flights had to be canceled after pilots, ground staff

Hong Kong 's ninth consecutive week of protests disrupted flights at the city's airport amid a general strike on Monday . More than 230 flights had been canceled as of Monday Air -traffic controllers and other workers did not report to work at the airport on Monday , the South China Morning Post reported .

Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets at various locations -- including inside a metro station for the first time. Dramatic videos showed riot police firing weapons at close range and beating some protesters, many of whom wore yellow hard hats and gas masks. Some 13 protesters were injured, including two in serious condition, RTHK reported, citing hospital authorities.

Cathay Pacific has come under fire after some of its employees joined the demonstrations. A Chinese state-run company told employees not to fly Cathay Pacific on business or personal trips, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has refused to yield to a series of demands, including that she withdraw the bill and step down from her position. Authorities in Beijing remain supportive of her government, which has warned of an economic crisis if the demonstrations drag on.

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The protesters are resorting to flash mobs and violence as their numbers diminish, according to Steve Vickers, chief executive officer of risk consultancy Steve Vickers and Associates and a former head of the Royal Hong Kong Police Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

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Hong Kong protests cancel over 100 flights . Cathay Pacific canceled more than 150 flights on Monday as Hong Kong grapples with mass demonstrations. Service was suspended for more than an hour Monday morning on the Airport Express, which is a line that zips people between the airport

Hong Kong ’s Airport Authority said it was planning to bolster security in anticipation of a Thousands of black-shirted people swarmed the terminal late last month, sitting on the ground for hours, holding Free Hong Kong !” and other slogans as crowds watched. There were no major flight disruptions.

“The government’s policy of sitting on their hands and hiding behind the police is actually working,” Vickers told Bloomberg Television on Monday. “The numbers are declining, the level of violence is increasing. As violence increases, the more middle class people and ordinary people of Hong Kong will turn against this movement.”

China in recent weeks has toughened its stance toward the movement and doubled down on its support for the police. The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, its top agency overseeing the former British colony’s affairs, has held unprecedented briefings condemning violent protesters and called on the people of Hong Kong to oppose them. An overseas edition of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said last month that police should take stern action to restore order.

Hong Kong called former deputy police commissioner Lau Yip-shing out of retirement last week to handle major upcoming public events including celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October. Lau had overseen the government’s crackdown on protesters during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement.

Authorities had denied permits over the weekend for protests in all but Victoria Park, but demonstrators took to the streets anyway. Police made more arrests on Sunday after detaining 16 people on Saturday, with local media reporting that officers may be dressing as protesters and infiltrating their ranks to help with detentions.

Hong Kong airport resumes flights after clashes, mass protests

Hong Kong airport resumes flights after clashes, mass protests Hong Kong's airport resumed operations on Wednesday, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city. Ten weeks of increasingly violent clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters, angered by a perceived erosion of freedoms, have plunged the Asian financial hub into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. About 30 protesters remained at the airport early on Wednesday while workers scrubbed it clean of blood and debris from overnight.

Protests are heating up in Hong Kong on Monday (5 Aug) as protesters take more drastic actions to force a “city-wide strike”. More than 100 flights have been cancelled at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), mostly Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines flights . The Cathay Pacific Airways

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong ’s airport bolstered security as protesters began a three-day sit-in at the arrivals hall of its main terminal, kicking off Free Hong Kong !” and other slogans as crowds watched. There were no major flight disruptions. One company that’s been in focus during the protests is

Read more: China cracks down on Cathay staff joining protests

China’s civil aviation authority had earlier told Cathay Pacific to ban all employees who supported or joined the recent protests from flying to the mainland, one of the strongest signs yet that Beijing is losing its patience with the demonstrations.

Cathay suspended a pilot from flying who had been detained while participating in a protest, the airline said in a statement. It also fired two workers for “misconduct.” They allegedly leaked information about the travel arrangements of a Hong Kong police soccer team, the South China Morning Post reported.

“As always our actions and responsibilities are focused on the safety and security of our operations,” the airline said.

This weekend’s protests come days after a general strike that disrupted the financial hub’s morning rush hour, leaving traffic jammed, subway lines suspended and dozens of flights canceled. Those demonstrations also ended in tear gas and dispersal operations.

“It’s affected business tremendously -- all businesses basically,” Allan Zeman, chairman of Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong Group, which operates restaurants and bars in the city, told Bloomberg Television. “We have to stop the violence. That’s the most important thing. Then we can talk.”

(Updates with China comments in fourth paragraph.)

--With assistance from Fion Li, Will Davies and Justin Chin.

To contact the reporters on this story: Venus Feng in Hong Kong at [email protected];Sheryl Tian Tong Lee in Hong Kong at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at [email protected], Karen Leigh

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