Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China says protesters like 'terrorists'; airport reopens

China says protesters like 'terrorists'; airport reopens

The protests, which China this week likened to terrorism, present President Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

The situation at the Hong Kong International Airport has not shown signs of promise.

Another man, wearing a yellow journalist vest, was surrounded, zip-tied and then beaten by a small group who accused him of being a spy.

The strongly worded statements by China's central government follows violent clashes between black-clad protesters and riot police at Hong Kong's global airport, which had hundreds of flights halted for a second day. The channels used push notifications not only to advertise protests but to disrupt elections.

Additional identification checks were in place, but check-in counters were open and flights appeared to be operating normally.

The airport's management said it had obtained "an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering" with airport operations.

"It's extremely unfortunate that protesters have resorted to such behavior, because the whole campaign, the whole movement was about protecting our safety and liberty in Hong Kong", Cheung said Wednesday.

The foreign ministry has also urged the USA to stop "prying into Hong Kong affairs".

Another commentary by a Shenzhen University researcher, published by the China Daily, said the central government should deal with Hong Kong issues more decisively.

China's Hong Kong liaison office said Wednesday that anti-government protesters were no different from "terrorists", and U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm.

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi gives a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on August 16, 2019 . There has been a debate of sorts within the government about relaxing the no-first-use policy.

It is not yet clear if Trump was referring to fresh troop movements or the movements near the border which have already been reported in some sections of the media.

The Chinese city of Shenzen is located across the border from Hong Kong.

Although China has yet to threaten using the army - as it did against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 - recent police exercises across Hong Kong's border with mainland China were a sign of its ability to crush the demonstrations, even at a cost to Hong Kong's reputation as a safe haven for business and global exchange.

Hong Kong has been at the centre of demonstrations for the past 10 weeks and its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

Additionally the Hong Kong-based carrier is now required to submit the names of cabin crew that will fly into mainland China airports and has instructed its staff to co-operate with additional checks by Chinese authorities.

"Extreme political ideas have found frequent expression in Hong Kong, with some even raising "Hong Kong independence" slogans recently".

While Hong Kong's crucial travel industry suffers major losses, the city's reputation as a well-regulated center for finance is also taking a hit.

Five people were detained in the latest disturbances, police said, bringing the number of those arrested since the protests began in June to more than 600.

"W$3 e would like to reiterate our firm support for the Hong Kong SAR Government, the Chief Executive and the Police in their efforts to restore law and order", it said.

Some reactions on China's social media platforms called for Beijing to intervene while many others urged calm. They formed a rudimentary blockade with baggage carts and signage but did not act in any violent way towards passengers (there have been two reports of protesters detaining Chinese government officials with some injuries).

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