Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Thousands of protesters descend on Hong Kong airport

Thousands of protesters descend on Hong Kong airport

The Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao newspaper, which is linked to China's Communist Party, published a photo of Eadeh meeting with opposition leaders in Hong Kong, along with two other photographs of her.

"This is not only what American diplomats do".

"One of my guests said he was afraid that it would be unsafe", the unnamed agency told RFA.

Asked if she was directly calling China a "thuggish regime", she responded, "Yeah".

Joshua Wong, leader of the local political party Demosisto and a central figure in the 2014 student-led "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests, confirmed in an August 8 Facebook post that he took part in a "discussion" with personnel at the U.S. Consulate General's office in Hong Kong.

Protesters in Hong Kong are well aware of this.

A Hong Kong government statement referring to travel safety warnings issued by 22 countries and regions appeared to acknowledge the potential for the protests to devastate the territory's crucial travel industry.

Zhang said during a meeting in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen this week Hong Kong was facing its worst crisis since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

In China's sharpest rebuke yet of the protesters, the government warned them on Tuesday not to "play with fire" and called on Hong Kong citizens to protect their homeland. "In comparison, the talk with the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong right now is nothing special", he wrote in a Facebook post.

The Hong Kong office of China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed United States politicians for supporting "radical rioters" and interfering in the internal affairs of the Asian financial hub.

Public anger - fuelled by the aggressive tactics used by the police against demonstrators - has collided with years of frustration over worsening inequality and the cost of living in one of the world's most expensive, densely populated cities.

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Hong Kong has witnessed almost two months of sometimes violent protests against a now suspended extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be tried in China.

Although the Hong Kong government backed off the extradition bill, activists have insisted it be killed altogether.

They gathered at the museum with the devices in protest against the police arrest of a university student who was suspected of buying multiple "laser guns" the previous day.

Protesters in Hong Kong have begun a three-day sit-in at the city's worldwide airport - a day after the USA warned citizens to "exercise increased caution" when travelling there.

Hong Kong's Airport Authority said Thursday it was aware of the planned rallies but that "the airport will operate normally".

Protesters in Hong Kong are demanding a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill. "We are not rioters, we are a group of Hong Kong people fighting for human rights and freedom", she said.

The groups added that police, in many instances, could have avoided using such aggressive weapons and opted for some less-threatening options.

A White House petition, initiated by Wong in July, calls on the Trump administration to issue an export ban on crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has recalled from retirement a police commander who oversaw the response to pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 to help deal with the latest protests, suggesting a lack of confidence in the current leadership.

"[Hong Kong] is a political nuclear bomb", Fong told the Hong Kong bureau of The Epoch Times on August 8.

'I think this is more important, because today it's Hong Kong and tomorrow it will be Taiwan, ' he said.

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