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.
China's state media has released footage showing increased military buildup in Shenzhen, on the border with Hong Kong.
They say that this is a routine drill, though critics fear that this is a message to Hong Kong protesters. pic.twitter.com/4ZsjRdBDLd
— DW News (@dwnews) August 13, 2019
“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.
President Trump confirmed the military build-up on social media, writing “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
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.
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. pic.twitter.com/Wox8yziDnz
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) August 13, 2019
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.