Monday 26 August 2019

Airport arrivals taken over by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong

A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest against the recent violence in Yuen Long, at Hong Kong airport. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters
A demonstrator wears a placard during a protest against the recent violence in Yuen Long, at Hong Kong airport. Photo: Edgar Su/Reuters

Shibani Mahtani and Gerry Shih

Visitors arriving at Hong Kong's airport yesterday were greeted by more than 1,000 black-clad protesters camped in the arrivals hall.

Demonstrators chanted "Free Hong Kong!" and other slogans calling for an investigation of recent police tactics and gang attacks on pro-democracy activists.

As passengers exited the baggage-claim area, arriving from places such as Dallas, Doha and Shanghai, they were flanked by people with signs warning that Hong Kong was no longer safe.

"Carrie Lam step down!" they shouted, referring to the city's embattled leader.

The action marked the latest and most international phase in the weeks of campaigning by Hong Kongers to safeguard the semi-autonomous city's relative freedom and rule of law from what they see as the Chinese government's steady erosion of their rights. (© The Washington Post)

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