Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests

Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests

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According to the Royal Thai Consulate-General, protesters were continuing to gather at Terminal 1 of Hong Kong's global airport at 1pm local time on Tuesday.

Early on Wednesday flights appeared to be running as scheduled, though some still remained delayed or cancelled.

While anti-government airport demonstrations began with a peaceful sit-in lasting from Friday through to Sunday, protesters began to change their tactics on Monday as they turned out in the thousands to protest against police brutality towards protesters over the weekend.

Tuesday marked the fifth consecutive day that demonstrators have occupied the airport.

Cathay Pacific said last week that it had removed a pilot from duty in July who had been arrested during one of the protests.

Anti-government protests started in June in response to a proposed extradition bill, which has now been suspended, but have evolved into a more demanding pro-democracy movement.

It follows a Monday warning from the airline to its staff that those who "support or participate in illegal protests" in Hong Kong could be fired.

"Violence. will push Hong Kong down a path of no return", she said.

China's state-run Global Times also postulated that the "People's Armed Police" are congregating near Hong Kong for "large-scale exercises" and claimed "the main guns of the APCs appear to have been removed from their turrets".

U.S. President Donald Trump has been reserved, telling reporters on Tuesday that what was unfolding in Hong Kong was "a very tough situation", but said he hopes it "it works out for liberty". "I hope nobody gets killed".

A Fiji Airways spokesperson says at present, they plan to operate today's Nadi to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Nadi services. The man earlier told media earlier he was from Shenzhen and went to the airport to see off friends. Undoubtedly US officials are watching events in Hong Kong closely and calculating whether they can be used to further American interests.

Lavin said his group arrived in Hong Kong from Phuket, Thailand, several days ago, and that they were surprised to find throngs of protesters after making their way through customs.

All check-ins were cancelled yesterday afternoon after thousands of protesters wearing their signature black T-shirts made barricades using luggage trolleys to prevent passengers from passing through security gates.

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