Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Protesters responding to tear gas fired by police during a rally in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po area yesterday. Tear gas was even used indoors at a train station in Kwai Fong though it is rare for police to do so. Beijing says criminals and agitators

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Riot policemen detain protesters during the anti-extradition bill protest.

The bill has been suspended, but protesters have stepped up their demands and are now calling for greater democracy and Lam's resignation. She said she was anxious about escalating violence, but added that "the protesters were just trying to protect themselves against police violence".

The event was organized by Hong Kong Outlanders, the Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Citizen Front, Covenants Watch, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and several human rights groups.

Not all are supportive of the movement, which began in June against an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to the mainland to stand trial.

This summer's increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, presenting one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. At a press conference this afternoon, a Hong Kong police spokesman would not rule out using tear gas to at the airport.

Scantlebury and her brother, Julian, grew up in Hong Kong but study in the United Kingdom and Australia, respectively. Last night, demonstrators hurled projectiles, including petrol bombs.

Protesters continued to spill out into the streets of Hong Kong today as they clashed with riot police who fired tear gas in the 10th week of violent showdowns.

According to hospital authorities, at least nine people were injured in the violence Sunday, two seriously.

Hong Kong's government says the protests are pushing the city to an extremely unsafe edge.

Demonstrators gathered in two districts on Sunday.

Raab's call drew the ire of the Chinese regime.

The Chinese authority's order could threaten not only Cathay's direct flights to China but also those to Europe and the USA because those routes fly over Chinese airspace, Jefferies Hong Kong Ltd. analyst Andrew Lee wrote in a note to clients.

Young people have been at the forefront, anxious about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, while also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city.

It has also suspended a pilot for "misconduct" after he took part in protests and was charged with rioting.

During a general strike on Monday, more than 100 flights were cancelled because airline and airport employees were participating in the protest.

China's denunciations of Washington's "black hand" is a warning that it is preparing a pretext to crack down on the Hong Kong demonstrators.

All Cathay Pacific crew members flying to the mainland will have to submit their identification details to Chinese authorities for approval before flights can proceed, it said.

Cathay said on Friday - before the CAAC's directive - that while it supports the "one country, two systems" principle governing Hong Kong, it doesn't condone activities that may jeopardise the city's stability or impact aviation safety.

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