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WorldHong Kong airport operating normally despite planned 'stress test' protest

06:20  24 august  2019
06:20  24 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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HONG KONG , Aug 23 (Reuters) - Hong Kong is bracing for further anti-government demonstrations and a " stress test " of the city's international airport this weekend, as authorities warn against acts that could disrupt travel operations . Multiple protests are planned for Friday, including a march by

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's airport and the roads and railways leading to it were operating normally early on Saturday despite plans by protesters to implement a "stress test" of transport links to the aviation hub early in the day.

Hong Kong airport operating normally despite planned 'stress test' protest© ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images Passengers walk past water filled barricades put in place by police as they walk towards a new security check point at the entrance of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong's international airport, on August 24, 2019. - Hong Kong's High Court on August 23 granted an extension of the injunction order that stops protesters from "unlawfully and wilfully obstructing" airport operations. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Those seeking to enter the terminal had to show valid boarding passes and passports, Reuters witnesses said. Train stations feeding the airport, as well as roads to it, were largely clear, with a light police presence along some access routes.

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Hong Kong 's Airport Authority said it would " operate normally " despite the planned demonstrations. A protest at the airport on 26 July with thousands of Hong Ms Lam also announced the government would reconvene a week earlier than planned from recess on 13 August. But she refused to offer

Authorities had taken out a court order to prevent demonstrations at the airport, which was forced to close for part of last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1000 flights and occasionally clashing with police.

Other protests are planned on Saturday in various districts, including Kwun Tong on the Kowloon peninsula.

The city's train operator, the MTR Corporation, said in a statement on Friday that it had been granted an injunction to prevent protesters from disrupting train services. The operator also said that if "fights, vandalism or other acts of violence occur," train services at affected stations could be stopped immediately.

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Hong Kong braced on Friday for further demonstrations and a " stress test " of the city's international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of anti-government protests showed no sign of abating.

The airport appeared to be operating normally despite the protest . Hong Kong ’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has said her priority is to “stop the violence” rather than make political concessions The demonstrations, however, are not abating and more are planned for this weekend, including at the

The protests, which began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China, have swelled into wider calls for democracy, plunging the city into an unprecedented crisis and posing a direct challenge to China's leaders.

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong since it was handed back from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Almost three months after the demonstrations began, there is no sign of let-up across the China-ruled territory.

On Friday night, thousands of chanting protesters formed human chains around the city in a peaceful protest dubbed the "Hong Kong Way".

Organizers said 135,000 people took part in the demonstration, inspired by one in 1989, when an estimated 2 million people joined arms across three Baltic states in a protest against then-Soviet rule that became known as the "Baltic Way" or "Baltic Chain".

Friday's protest, which included people linking arms and shining lights on sidewalks and atop Kowloon's Lion Rock mountain, followed warnings from Communist Party leaders in Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam to stop the demonstrations and restore order.

Authorities have so far refused to meet any of the protesters' five key demands, including calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality, a full withdrawal of the extradition bill, and full democracy.

Organizers are planning a host of protests in the coming weeks including a mass march, a city-wide strike and class boycotts at the city's universities.

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China sent the strongest warning yet of using troops on Hong Kong’s streets where Beijing says protests have turned into a “Color Revolution,” with water cannons and tear gas fired in skirmishes between police and demonstrators in the 12th straight weekend of unrest. © Thomson Reuters Demonstrators are surrounded by tear gas during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019.

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