Hong Kong Protests: Airport Suspends Flights for Second Day

Hong Kong’s airport authority has suspended flights for a second day as protesters staged another rally at the busy international travel hub.

Tuesday’s action marked the fifth consecutive day of protests at the airport, as pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese territory entered their 10th week, with both sides showing few signs of backing down.

“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” the airport authority said, adding that check-in service for departing flights had been suspended since 4.30pm (0930 BST).

The unprecedented cancellations of all flights on Monday came as Beijing made the latest in an increasingly threatening series of statements. A Chinese official said “terrorism” was emerging in the city, while in Hong Kong authorities demonstrated water cannon for use in crowd control.

Late on Monday night, two Chinese state media outlets ran videos showing armoured personnel and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.