Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
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Hong Kong Airport flight operations resume

Hong Kong Airport flight operations resume

Officials at Hong Kong International Airport have announced that they have canceled all departures from the airport for the second day in a row, reports Bloomberg.

The chaotic situation eventually ended when protesters allowed ambulance workers to take the man away on a stretcher.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam is warning that weeks of protests are putting the territory's stability in danger. Activists clashed with police outside Hong Kong's airport after a standoff over a man protesters beat alleging he was an undercover cop from the mainland.

The Chinese Communist newspaper People's Daily published a video of the convoy, which also included unarmed transports and excavation vehicles - quite useful for knocking things over, such as the sort of barricades constructed by Hong Kong protesters -and described them as preparing for a training exercise.

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.

At the heart of the demonstrations is Hong Kong's proposed legislation which dictates that certain suspected criminals be deported to mainland China where they could face more harsh treatment, including torture and unfair trials.

A U.S. State Department official urged China to respect the agreements it made when taking control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom and allow the city to "exercise a high degree of autonomy".

Soon afterwards a second man, wearing a yellow journalist vest, was surrounded, zip-tied and then beaten by a small group who accused him of being a spy. At a press conference yesterday, Lam denounced the "illegal activities" of the protesters, defended the violent actions of the police and warned that "riot activities [have] pushed Hong Kong to the brink of no return". Lam said, although she again refused to make any concessions to the protesters. "Everyone should be calm and safe".

Support is mounting for protesters in Hong Kong hours after President Donald Trump said that U.S.intelligence has informed him of Chinese troops being mobilized to a city bordering Hong Kong.

A key principle called the "one country, two systems" framework set out Hong Kong's economic and administrative independence from China after "the handover" in 1997, when it was no longer a British colony.

The South China Morning Post reported that a convoy of trucks carrying heavily armed police had arrived on Monday in Shenzhen, a major Chinese city and special economic zone just over the border with Hong Kong.

Demonstrators who have been protesting for the past nine weeks against Beijing's growing influence in the special administrative region targeted the global airport for a second day on Tuesday.

"The president was wrong to give China an excuse come down against the protesters", Cardin said. "I can't imagine why?"

"I hope it works out for everybody, including China", he told reporters, adding: "I hope it works out for liberty".

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