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Protests swelled on the fourth day of the sit-in, with dozens of flights now cancelled. Courtesy photo

Hong Kong Protests: Airport Cancels Flights

Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world's busiest transport hubs. In a statement, officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations. Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.
posted onAugust 12, 2019
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By BBC

Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all departures on Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption.

Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world's busiest transport hubs. In a statement, officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations. Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.

Some protesters wore bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile. In a statement on Monday afternoon, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.

More than 160 flights scheduled to leave after 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) will now not depart. Officials said arrivals already heading into Hong Kong would still be allowed to land. As rumours spread that police plan to move in on protesters on Monday evening, some have opted to leave on foot.

There are large backlogs for transport back into the centre, local reports say. Hong Kong's mass demonstrations and unrest show no sign of abating, more than two months after they were sparked by a controversial extradition bill. Beijing officials have strongly condemned Sunday's violence and linked violent protesters to "terrorism".

On Sunday afternoon, a peaceful rally in the city's Victoria Park led to clashes when protesters moved out of the area and marched along a major road despite a police ban. There were confrontations in several central districts and police used non-lethal bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.

In the bustling central Wan Chai district, petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at police, who responded by charging at protesters. A number of people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes. Videos on social media also showed officers storming enclosed railway stations and firing tear gas.

Footage inside another station showed officers firing what appeared to be non-lethal ammunition at close range and several police officers beating people with batons.

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