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Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests

Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests
Ginger Lawrence | 14 August, 2019, 11:27

A small group of protesters also surrounded, tied up and beat a man wearing a yellow journalist vest - whom the editor of China's state-controlled Global Times identified as one of the paper's reporters - and another man Beijing said was a Shenzhen resident visiting Hong Kong.

Many Hongkongers feared the law would be used by authorities to target political enemies and that it would signify the end of the "one country, two systems" policy, eroding the civil rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents since the handover of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China in 1997.

A 1992 USA law affords Hong Kong preferential treatment in matters of trade and economics compared with China.

As Financial Times commentator Jamil Anderlini noted this week: "Today, the biggest fortunes in Hong Kong rely on control of land and property in what is the most expensive real estate market in the world".

It was another hour before he was taken away in an ambulance, but there was more trouble outside the terminal as protesters turned on police who were there initially to help the ambulance leave.

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

Protesters are demanding that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and pull legislation that would allow the government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China, where they would likely face torture or unfair politically charged trials.

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China's Hong Kong Liaison office said on Wednesday that anti government protesters were no different to "terrorists", as U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm.

The president also tweeted that some people are "blaming" him for the events in Hong Kong, though it was unclear what criticism he was referring to.

Security at Hong Kong airport on Wednesday was stricter than usual with several entrances closed, police patrolling and staff checking traveller identification.

The Airport Authority has obtained an injunction to remove demonstrators but enforcing it may prove hard, as the hub is created to make entry as fast and efficient as possible. One 22-year-old frontliner who identified himself as Pun said protesters needed to re-evaluate their strategy to continue with the fight. Previously, mainland China had warned employees of Cathay Pacific and sister airline Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair) to not participate in the anti-government demonstrations.

"Sorry for the inconvenience, we are fighting for the future of our home", read one protest banner at the airport.

Protesters are demanding that it must nonetheless be withdrawn completely. The carrier later suspended two pilots.

Lam's remarks echoed those of Hong Kong business leaders amid falling share prices and fears of an economic downturn, especially in the property sector. We hope you will understand.