Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump claims China conducting troops to Hong Kong

Donald Trump claims China conducting troops to Hong Kong

Airport authorities suspended check-in operations as the fifth day of a sit-in by protesters grew increasingly heated.

Amid an escalating police crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he is "extremely concerned" about the situation.

Protesters hold placards as they block the departure gate of the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 during a demonstration on August 13, 2019 in Hong Kong.

Protesters in Hong Kong are apologizing to the public after they disrupted flights for two consecutive days at one of the busiest airports in the world.

The protests in Hong Kong, catalysed by a controversial extradition bill, have been ongoing for two months. A front-page commentary on the overseas edition of the Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper said on Wednesday Hong Kong had reached a critical juncture.

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Check-in counters were closed again at 4:30 p.m., while incoming flights into Hong Kong were not cleared for landing.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, citing U.S. intelligence, said China's government was moving troops to its border with Hong Kong and he urged calm as clashes continued between protesters and authorities in the former British colony.

They are also demanding Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

In the incident, police have arrested five people for offenses including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, assaulting police officers and breaching of the peace.

"Paramilitary police were assembling across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises in what some saw as a threat to increase force brought against the mostly young protesters who have turned out in their thousands over the past 10 weeks", reports CBS News.

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