Hong Kong protests disrupt airport for second day

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Hong Kong’s airport authority has suspended flight check-in for a second day as protesters staged another rally for the second day

Tuesday’s action marked the fifth consecutive day of protests at the airport, which is one of the world’s busiest.

Hong Kong airport officials announced the suspension as crowds continued to gather at the travel hub.

“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” the airport authority said, adding that check-in service for departing flights had been suspended since 4.30pm (0930 BST).

Mass protests have been ongoing in Hong Kong for about ten weeks. The recent unrest came after the city’s leader, Carrie Lam issued a fresh warning to protesters.

Lam said Hong Kong had “reached a dangerous situation” and that violence during protests would push it “down a path of no return”.

Large protests started in response to a proposed extradition bill, which has now been suspended, but have evolved into a more demanding pro-democracy movement.

Protests are fuelled by fear that the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region of China are being eroded.

 




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