Hong Kong protests: Flights suspended, tear gas fired

Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport

Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport

In the latest escalation of demonstrations, anti-Beijing protesters stormed the Hong Kong International Airport on Monday, with thousands of demonstrators filling up the terminal, clogging travelers up so much that the airport cancelled all flights in and out of the city until the protesters vacated the facility.

The bill received widespread backlash when the government tried to rush its amendments through the legislature in June, amid fears that the changes would make those passing through Hong Kong vulnerable to extradition and trial in China's courts-notorious for the absence of rule of law.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association, in a joint statement on August 11, condemned the police for failing to arrest people who had carried out attacks against journalists at North Point earlier on the same day. After a day of drama, the airport is largely quiet.

Hundreds of people returned to a subway station - where police had hit activists with batons - to protest against heavy-handed tactics. The group will brief reporters on Tuesday.

Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police said, calling a march there an "unauthorized assembly". "We have to come here to protest", Lau said.

Hong Kong's airport is the eighth busiest airport in the world with almost 75 million passengers passing through its facilities every year.

Any rescheduling is contingent on the airport resuming operations, which still remains unclear.

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"You're gonna taste the water cannons!"

Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely risky tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging.

A flight information board showing cancelled flights at Hong Kong's global airport.

Dao now has a scheduled flight with Cathay Pacific that would take him through Hong Kong and then an Air Canada flight that would take him to Toronto. The airport said in an earlier statement that it was aiming to restore operations as soon as possible.

On Monday, in a news conference that was at times heated, Deputy Police Commissioner Tang Ping-Keung defended the use of the "decoy officers". Customers should postpone non-essential travel, it said. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index came off its session high and contracts for all three main US equity indexes erased earlier gains. The bill was declared "dead' as of last month by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam but she didn't withdraw it, and protests have continued". The paper, a tabloid run by the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's flagship mouthpiece, cited videos it obtained.

"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", the authority said in a statement.

It warned that traffic to the airport was "very congested" and the facility's vehicle parks were completely full.

"Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport". China said on Monday the demonstrations had begun to show "sprouts of terrorism".

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