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BEIJING BACKS OFF: Hong Kong Leader Officially Withdraws Controversial ‘Extradition’ Bill

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.04.19

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam officially withdrew a controversial extradition bill that would allow Beijing to extradite the region’s residents to the Chinese capital to stand trial; ending months of protests from pro-democracy demonstrators.

“The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. Lam had suspended the bill, but protesters wanted it entirely withdrawn,” reports Fox News.

“For more than two months, protests arising from the Fugitive Offenders Bill have continued,” Lam said in a prerecorded message Wednesday.

“There have been chaotic scenes at the airport and MTR stations; roads and tunnels have been suddenly blocked, causing delay and inconvenience to daily life,” Lam continued. “Visitors wonder whether our city is still a safe place for travel or business. Families and friends have been under stress, and arguments have flared.”

“For many people, Hong Kong has become an unfamiliar place. Incidents over these past two months have shocked and saddened Hong Kong people. We are all very anxious about Hong Kong, our home. We all hope to find a way out of the current impasse and unsettling times,” she added.

Read the full report at Fox News.

Original Story: August 14, 2019

Flights were once-again flying in and out of Hong Kong International Airport Wednesday just hours after violent clashes between riot police and pro-democracy protesters shut-down one of the world’ busiest transportation hubs.

“Although the airport was open, authorities limited access to the main terminal to employees and ticketed passengers only. A few dozen demonstrators remained camped inside the arrivals terminal but the scene was quiet and calm compared to the previous night,” reports ABC News.

“The Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, was forced to suspend check-in services and cancel hundreds of flights on Monday and Tuesday, as thousands of protesters stormed the terminals and clashed with riot police,” adds the site.

Chinese authorities reportedly moved troops and military equipment to their border with Hong Kong Tuesday; raising new questions over safety and security throughout the region after weeks of pro-Democracy protests.

“Paramilitary police were assembling across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises in what some saw as a threat to increase force brought against the mostly young protesters who have turned out in their thousands over the past 10 weeks,” reports CBS News.

“The demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Lam’s administration to respond to their demands, including that she step down and entirely scrap legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China to face torture and unfair or politically charged trials,” adds the website.

HONG KONG ERUPTS: Riot Police Officer Aims His Pistol at Protesters, Situation Escalating

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.13.19

A police officer in riot gear drew his pistol on a group of pro-Democracy protesters at Hong Kong International Airport Tuesday; escalating an already tense situation after demonstrators shut down the transportation hub for a second straight day.

“Police officer had his baton taken from him and was attacked with it. Drew his pistol and aimed at protesters. Astonished nobody killed here tonight,” posted a reporter from the Wall Street Journal.

A group of pro-Democracy protesters sang the United States’ national anthem after demonstrators shut-down Hong Kong International Airport for the second day in a row.

Riot police have reportedly entered Hong Kong International Airport to disperse pro-Democracy protesters after demonstrations prompted officials to cancel all flights for the second day in a row.

“Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights for the second straight day on Tuesday as crowds of anti-government protesters clashed with police as they continued to occupy the terminals,” reports ABC News.

“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended,” the airport authority said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING NEWS NOW: Chinese Riot Police Storm Hong Kong International Airport

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.13.19

Riot police have reportedly entered Hong Kong International Airport to disperse pro-Democracy protesters after demonstrations prompted officials to cancel all flights for the second day in a row.

“Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights for the second straight day on Tuesday as crowds of anti-government protesters clashed with police as they continued to occupy the terminals,” reports ABC News.

“Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended,” the airport authority said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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