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WorldChina says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens

09:40  14 august  2019
09:40  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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China said on Monday the protests had reached a critical juncture. " Protesters have been frequently using extremely dangerous tools to attack the police in Some Hong Kong legal experts say the official description of terrorism could lead to the use of anti- terror laws. Hong Kong's airport reopened on

Hong Kong’s airport authority suspended flights for a second day on Tuesday as thousands of protesters staged another rally at the busy international travel hub. The protests were triggered by a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China , where the Communist party

China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
China says protesters like 'terrorists', airport reopens
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HONG KONG, Aug 14 (Reuters) - China's Hong Kong Liaison office said on Wednesday that anti government protesters were no different to "terrorists," as U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm.

The Beijing-based Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office on Wednesday said extremely violent crimes must be severely punished in accordance with the law.

The strongly worded statements by China's central government follows violent clashes between black clad protesters and riot police at Hong Kong's international airport, which saw hundreds of flights halted for a second day.

A few dozen protesters remained at the airport on Wednesday while workers scrubbed it clean of blood and debris. Check-in counters reopened to queues of hundreds of weary travelers who had waited overnight for their flights.

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.

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

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China labeled pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters “ terrorists ” on Monday after another weekend of violent clashes between protesters and riot police that saw one woman reportedly shot in the eye by police. With the protests entering their tenth week

Protesters clogged the departure area at Hong Kong's reopened airport Tuesday, a day after they forced one of the world's busiest transport hubs to shut "Democracy is a good thing," said one sign in Simplified Chinese characters, which are used in mainland China instead of the Traditional Chinese

China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said it strongly condemned the "near terrorism criminal actions" in Hong Kong including what it called a violent attack on a mainland Chinese journalist and tourist at the airport.

Police condemned violent acts by protesters overnight and said a large group had "harassed and assaulted a visitor and a journalist." Some protesters said they believed one of those men was an undercover Chinese agent, while another was confirmed as a reporter from China's Global Times newspaper.

Five people were detained in the latest disturbances, police said, bringing the number of those arrested since the protests began in June to more than 600.

The protests began in opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects for trial in mainland China but have swelled into wider calls for democracy.

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said the city has been pushed into a state of "panic and chaos."

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong when it returned to China in 1997.

The protests represent one of the biggest challenges for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has a garrison in Hong Kong but has remained in barracks since the protests started in April. However, the PLA garrison has issued a video showing "anti-riot" exercises, and its top brass have warned violence is "absolutely impermissible."

As Hong Kong's political crisis deepens, China denied a request for two U.S. Navy warships to visit Hong Kong in the coming weeks, officials said.

Facebook, Twitter remove accounts they say China used to undermine Hong Kong protests

Facebook, Twitter remove accounts they say China used to undermine Hong Kong protests Facebook and Twitter said the accounts were meant to undermine the protests in Hong Kong.

The airport shutdown added to what authorities say is already a major blow to the financial hub’s crucial tourism industry. While China has yet to threaten sending in the army — as it did against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 — the exercises in Shenzhen were a further demonstration

AIRPORT REOPENED

Security at Hong Kong airport on Wednesday was stricter than usual with several entrances closed.

Hong Kong's Airport Authority said it had obtained an interim court injunction to stop people from obstructing operations and that protesters could only demonstrate in designated areas.

Dicky, a 35-year-old protester at the airport for more than two days, said protesters would obey the injunction.

"We will continue to fight for what we deserve otherwise all of that would have been in vain,” he said, declining to give his full name.

Flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways published a half-page advertisement in the Hong Kong Economic Journal pledging its support for the government and calling for the resumption of the rule of law and social order.

China's aviation regulator demanded last week that Cathay suspend personnel who engaged in or supported protests in Hong Kong from staffing flights into its airspace. The carrier later suspended two pilots.

Property developers Henderson Land Development, Cheung Kong Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Holdings also took out newspaper advertisement in support of the government on Wednesday.

Forward Keys, a flight data company, said the crisis had deterred people from making travel plans to the city, citing a 4.7 percent fall in long-haul bookings to Hong Kong between June 16 and Aug. 9 compared with the same period last year.

Statements of apology from protesters were displayed in the airport on Wednesday, promising to allow passengers to depart, to assist medical staff to carry out their duties and not to hinder the work of the press.

"We are not afraid of facing the issues directly...only afraid of losing your support to the whole movement due to our mistake, and that you give up on fighting."

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook, Donny Kwok, Clare Jim and Twinnie Siu in HONG KONG and Andrew Galbraith in SHANGHAI; Writing by Farah Master Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)

Facebook, Twitter remove accounts they say China used to undermine Hong Kong protests.
Facebook and Twitter said the accounts were meant to undermine the protests in Hong Kong.

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