Hong Kong protests ground flights as China's ire mounts

Hong Kong protests ground flights as Chinas ire mounts

Hong Kong - The abrupt shutdown at one of the world's busiest hubs came as the Chinese government signalled its rising anger at the protesters.



By AFP

Published: Mon 12 Aug 2019, 11:37 PM

Last updated: Tue 13 Aug 2019, 1:39 AM

All passenger flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled on Monday after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the city's airport to denounce police violence.
The abrupt shutdown at one of the world's busiest hubs came as the Chinese government signalled its rising anger at the protesters, denouncing some of the violent demonstrations as "terrorism".
Authorities said they were working to reopen the airport by 6:00am Tuesday morning, but hundreds of protesters remained in the arrivals hall well into the night with no sign of leaving.
A crowd of protesters that authorities said numbered more than 5,000 descended on Hong Kong airport on Monday carrying placards and chanting slogans about police violence.
Although other rallies had been held at the transport hub over the previous three days, Monday's was the first to have a significant impact on passengers.


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