All Flights Cancelled Out Of Hong Kong Airport Amid Democracy Protests


All outbound flights which have not yet completed the check-in process have been canceled.

A state of "panic and chaos" exists in Hong Kong, Lam, the city's embattled leader, said on Tuesday, defying calls to quit as the stock market tumbled, airlines flagged flight disruptions and anti-government protesters filled the airport.

"Sorry for the inconvenience, we are fighting for the future of our home", read a banner held by some of the hundreds of protesters who had returned to the arrivals hall.

And she dodged a question on whether she had the power to end the crisis by granting one of the key demands of the protesters: to fully withdraw a now-suspended bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China.

Meanwhile, videos promoted by state media showed Chinese military and armoured vehicles appearing to gather in the southern city of, which borders Hong Kong.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has defended law enforcement actions after protesters prompted an airport shutdown with calls to investigate alleged police brutality.

The airport earlier cancelled all remaining departing flights for the second day after protesters took over the terminals.

Riot police use pepper spray against protesters during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

It was not immediately clear whether they were affected by the current demonstration, as occurred Monday, when about 200 flights were cancelled and airport completely shut down amid a mass protest.

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Cathay Pacific said last week that it had removed a pilot from duty in July who had been arrested during one of the protests.

"Black-clad mobsters have created an atmosphere of terror on the Hong Kong streets", the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

"We're calling for peace, for order, for dialogue", he said.

Protesters have said they plan to return to the airport later in the day to resume their demonstrations.

An anti-extradition bill protester offers an apology to passengers blocked from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong global airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019.

Shares in Cathay fell to a 10-year-low on Monday and tumbled lower still on Tuesday.

While Beijing tends to define terrorism broadly, extending it especially to nonviolent movements opposing government policies in minority regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang, the government's usage of the term in relation to Hong Kong raised the prospect of greater violence and the possible suspension of legal rights for those detained.

Some protesters have left the airport after the police arrived, according to SkyNews.

"Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport". "I felt like I was walking around and nobody gave us information".