Hong Kong protest: Riot police clash with activists – airport standoff erupts in violence

Riot police, armed with batons, shields and helmets, have arrived at the airport in attempt to clear the protestors who have staged a huge demonstrations at Hong Kong’s airport. Flights have been suspended for a second day on Tuesday, which marked the fifth consecutive day of protests. The pro-democracy protestors have barricaded the departure hall at Terminal 1 and the entire Terminal 2.

The protestors first filled up the arrivals hall and then began moving to the departures area, despite increased security measures designed to keep them out.

They then used luggage trolleys to blockade the doors to customs checkpoints. 

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the ongoing instability, chaos and violence from pro-democracy protests have placed the city on a “path of no return.”

Following the escalation, the European Union has urged “all sides” to exercise restraint.

In a statement, an EU spokesperson said: “In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence, and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.

“It is now more vital than ever to engage in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders.”


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