Hong Kong protests: Flights suspended, tear gas fired

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Operations resumed at Hong Kong airport early Tuesday morning, airport authorities said, but more than 200 flights have been cancelled after protests shut down the travel hub on Monday.

Former Trump Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland and former Army Intelligence & Special Operations Brett Velicovich says the Chinese government is very anxious the Hong Kong protests could spill over to Beijing.

Software engineer Joydeep Chakravarti, whose connecting flight to San Francisco was canceled late Monday, expressed frustration that he was told to leave the airport when he wanted to stay inside the terminal.

It may cancel more flights Tuesday depending on the situation as some protesters remained at the arrival hall.

Protesters say police have used excessive force, firing tear gas and bean bag pellets at close range, and are calling for an independent inquiry into the crisis.

Most protesters had left the airport shortly after midnight, with about 50 protesters still there on Tuesday morning.

By Tuesday morning, numerous posters and signs the protesters had placed throughout the terminals had been taken down, but graffiti - some reading "an eye for an eye" - had not yet been cleared.

The protesters adopted the slogan for their demonstration at the airport after a women suffered a serious face injury, reportedly losing her sight in one eye, at demonstrations that turned violent on Sunday night.

The protests began in opposition to a bill which would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong residents to the mainland to stand trial.

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