Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Only departing travellers with documents allowed in terminal: Hong Kong's Airport Authority

Only departing travellers with documents allowed in terminal: Hong Kong's Airport Authority

Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao published a photograph of a US diplomat, who it identified as Julie Eadeh of the consulate's political section, talking with student leaders in the lobby of a luxury hotel.

Hong Kong is a former British colony that is now part of China but enjoys autonomy thanks to the "one country, two systems" approach.

The leaflets were passed out by mostly young protesters clad in black T-shirts, with many wearing face masks to hide their identities from authorities.

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters on Saturday - sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon - only for demonstrators to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and restive weekend.

Commerce Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said 22 countries and regions, including the US, have issued travel warnings for Hong Kong. Australia and Canada issued similar advisories.

The State Department slammed the Chinese government Thursday, accusing it behaving like a "thuggish regime" after a state newspaper published personal information of an American diplomat in Hong Kong who reportedly spoke with supposed "Hong Kong independence" activists.

"I'm taking issue with the Chinese saying they issued a formal protest when in fact they harassed an American diplomat", Ortagus said at the press conference.

An anti-extradition bill protester holds up a placard for arriving travellers during a protest at the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China August 9, 2019. They have also added to their list of demands, reviving grievances from 2014 protests such as direct elections for Hong Kong's chief executive and Legislative Council.

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"According to the Basic Law, the central authorities have ample methods as well as sufficient strength to promptly settle any possible turmoil should it occur", he said at a meeting of Hong Kong's top business leaders and pro-Beijing politicians in Shenzen, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. It warned global arrivals to beware: "You may be prosecuted for no reason and be transferred to".

The extradition bill would have allowed defendants to be sent to the mainland for trial.

Over the past two months, protests in Hong Kong have escalated into a spate of violent incidents, threatening social order and endangering public safety. But Yang Guang, spokesman for Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau liaison office, warned on Tuesday that "those who play with fire will perish by it".

The HKRMA said it would revise its sales forecast to a "double digit decline" if protests continued.

"The Hong Kong community has been suffering from the acts of violence perpetrated by a small group of individuals lately", said a statement signed by 17 developers, including Henderson Land Development, New World Development 0017.HK, and Sun Hung Kai Properties.

Though China has not yet officially declared that it plans to use the PLA's presence in Hong Kong to combat worsening protests, Wednesday's comments appear to be the most explicit reference to Chinese military intervention in the city since its handover.

"We have made stickers, banners in over 16 languages, ranging from Japanese to Spanish. But at the same time, as long as you're making a point without making too much trouble, it's OK I guess", she said.

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