Hong Kong flights resume amid new security measures
Hong Kong, Wednesday
Hong Kong airport has resumed operations after a night of chaos which saw protesters clash with riot police.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday after protesters flooded the terminal buildings.
Early on Wednesday flights appeared to be running as scheduled, though some still remained delayed or cancelled. After days of disruptions, the Airport Authority said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas.
It said in a statement that people would be “restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest in the airport other than in the area designated by the Airport Authority”.
Additional security measures have been put in place restricting access to the terminal — with only staff and passengers with valid boarding passes allowed in.
Hong Kong is in its tenth week of anti-government protests.
The airport, one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since last Friday but they had been mostly peaceful.
On Tuesday, protesters blocked travellers from accessing flights, using luggage trolleys to build barriers, and staging a mass sit-down.
Meanwhile, China reacted furiously to “terrorist-like” attacks on its citizens by pro-democracy protesters at the airport.
“We express the strongest condemnation of these terrorist-like actions,” said Xu Luying, spokeswoman at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs of the State Council.
It was the second time this week that China had sought to frame the protests as “terrorism”, part of a pattern of increasingly ominous warnings that have raised fears it may deploy force to quell the unrest. -AFP