Order returns to Hong Kong airport, but tensions linger


Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told RT that the USA government has always been involved with Hong Kong's protest movement, adding "it's widely known that the U.S., through its National Endowment for Democracy, has bankrolled a lot of these political parties and political leaders".

At a press briefing in Beijing, Mr Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, links foreign interference with separatism.

Hong Kong International Airport was shut down overnight leaving all departing flights grounded after thousands of protesters staged a sit-in in the main terminal.

One man is seen with his hands tightly bound with cable ties, surrounded by angry protesters claiming the man is an undercover police officer. Check-in counters reopened to queues of hundreds of tired travellers who had waited overnight for their flights.

The protests have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, presenting Chinese leader Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

Shareholders of Cathay Pacific have condemned the "violent" protests after the airline's shares fell to a decade low. The editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, tweeted that the man was a journalist with the paper.

The huge protests in June over planned legislation to allow extradition from Hong Kong to China have morphed into a protest movement making wider democratic demands, including action against police violence and free elections based on universal suffrage.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong is providing regular updates and is assessing the situation daily.

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Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong when it returned to China in 1997. However, the PLA garrison has issued a video showing "anti-riot" exercises, and its top brass have warned violence is "absolutely impermissible".

The demonstrations, in turn, have raised concerns among US officials about how far China might go to clamp down.

Demonstrators form a barricade as they clash with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport, Aug. 13, 2019.

"The way to handle last night was chaotic", said Kate Flannery from Australia, who was travelling to Paris.

China Daily columnist Chen Weihua also noted that "It would be hard to imagine the USA reaction if Chinese [diplomats] were meeting leaders of Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or Never Trump protesters". "We stand here to obstruct, only for one single reason".

Protesters are demanding that it must nonetheless be withdrawn completely. The carrier later suspended two pilots. Sun Hung Kai Properties, controlled by the Asia's third richest family, also called on Tuesday for the restoration of social order and backed Lam.

Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through Hong Kong Airport in 2018, making it the eighth busiest airport in the world and the fourth busiest in Asia. Passengers travelling to or from the airport during the next few days are urged to check the status of their flights.