Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hong Kong protests have ripple effect on N.J.-area airports

Hong Kong protests have ripple effect on N.J.-area airports

The video shows roughly two dozen armoured carriers apparently driving through the southern city of Guangzhou and other troop carriers leaving eastern Fujian province.

For a fourth straight day on Monday, thousands of activists peacefully occupied the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's busy airport, shouting, "No rioters, only tyranny!"

It said only those flights that have already completed the check-in process will move ahead.

The Hong Kong University Students' Union, made up of several local students unions from universities such as Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, issued a statement on the morning on August 12, condemning the actions of the local police as "out of control" and "dehumanizing".

In a statement, the airport said operations had been "seriously disrupted" by the public assembly.

Traffic on roads to the airport was extremely congested and vehicle park spaces were full, it said. "We have to come here to protest", Lau said.

Scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

Tang said that on August 11, some people turned a deaf ear to the police's objection and got involved in unauthorized rallies.

Officers in riot gear pursued protesters into subway stations, where they were recorded firing tear gas in enclosed environments and at close range.

"Hong Kong has reached an inflection point where all those who are concerned about Hong Kong's future must say "no" to law breakers".


A group of pro-Beijing supporters lunges towards the media at North Point in Hong Kong on August 11, 2019. Unconfirmed reports that she had potentially lost an eye were circulating Monday, with calls for an "evil police eye for an eye" protests to be held in response, with the airport as the primary target.

Images of her lying on the ground with blood pouring from her face quickly went viral and featured on posters calling for new demonstrations.

Conflicts between Hong Kong protesters and police erupted on Sunday, resulting in a woman's right eye being struck by a pellet and causing concern of going blind, according to the news outlet.

Cathay Pacific on Monday warned its staff that those who "support or participate in illegal protests" in Hong Kong could be fired.

They demonstrated jets of water from the trucks on several dummy torsos placed at different distances from the vehicles.

Police have never used the cannon since two were bought in the wake of pro-democracy protests in 2014, but Monday's demonstration used one to blast at dummy targets at a training facility as tactics on both sides harden and shift.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city to demand the extradition bill be pulled.

The protests have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide of democratic freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

The developments marked yet another dramatic escalation in a 10-week crisis that had already become the biggest challenge to the Chinese rule of Hong Kong since the 1997 British handover. Local media reported that they were accused of leaking the travel details of a Hong Kong police football team that was travelling to the mainland.

Resident-led group Parents United of Hong Kong also issued an online statement calling the police's actions on August 11 "cold-blooded violence".

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