Sunday 18 August 2019

Hong Kong airport suspends all departures as pro-democracy protest takes place in terminal

Protesters surround banners that read:
Protesters surround banners that read: "Those charge to the street on today is brave!," center top, and "Release all the detainees!" during a sit-in rally at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International airport, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Hong Kong's airport has cancelled all remaining flights for the day after thousands of pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal.

Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world's busiest flight hubs, said in a statement the demonstration had "seriously disrupted" airport operations.

It said all check-in services for departing flights had been suspended.

Only those flights that have already completed the check-in process will move ahead.

Anti-extradition bill protesters try to get close to the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Anti-extradition bill protesters try to get close to the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Earlier, Hong Kong police showed off water cannon as pro-democracy street protests stretched into their 10th week.

Legislators and journalists were invited to witness the display of extreme crowd control tactics, which Amnesty International warned last week could lead to serious injuries if misused within Hong Kong's confined spaces.

People try to go through anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
People try to go through anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong has experienced more than two months of mass protests calling for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct.

The protest movement's demands also include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader and an election for her successor.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, was returned to China in 1997 under the "one country, two systems" principle.

People are seen next to the temporary closed security gates as anti-extradition bill demonstrators protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
People are seen next to the temporary closed security gates as anti-extradition bill demonstrators protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Anti-extradition bill demonstrators attend a protest at the departure hall of Hong Kong Airport, China August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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