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Hong Kong International Airport Resumes Flights After Days of Chaos and Cancellations

Armed police patrol the departure hall of Hong Kong's international airport following two days of protests on Aug 14 2019 Hong Kong International Airport Resumes Flights After Days of Chaos and Cancellations
Deanna Wagner | 19 August, 2019, 21:56

On Tuesday evening, some violent protesters besieged and assaulted a traveler and a reporter at the Hong Kong International Airport, as well as obstructed an ambulance crew from taking the traveler to hospital, said a spokesperson for the HKSAR government.

Last month, McConnell accused Beijing of overreach in its treatment of Hong Kong and warned it's emblematic of how the Asian country is working to extend its power and influence over other nations.

The ministry on Tuesday accused the United States of inciting chaos after some USA lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned what they called a violent crackdown on Hong Kong protesters.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations Mak Chin Ho said the men, aged between 17 and 28, were arrested for illegal assembly.

On Monday China said the protests had reached a critical juncture, after a weekend of street clashes in which both police and protesters appeared to toughen their resolve.

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"The Chinese Government denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie, which were scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks", Commander Nate Christensen, the deputy spokesman for the US Navy's Pacific Fleet, told CNN on August 14.

They also said Wednesday that they were sorry that some demonstrators became "easily agitated and overreacted".

More than 300 flights were cancelled Tuesday and Monday out of the Hong Kong airport after thousands of pro-democracy protesters packed into the main terminal.

Some of the protesters apologized Wednesday for the disruption at the airport. Only departing passengers will be allowed into the terminal to prevent protests from disrupting operations again.

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.