Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong protesters block roads near airport

Hong Kong protesters block roads near airport

A protester dressed as legendary biblical figure Moses with a mock tablet attends a pro-democracy protest in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

On Friday, several key pro-democracy activists and lawmakers were arrested.

The European Union's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were "extremely worrying", while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line on Hong Kong. Hundreds of people are rallying in an athletic park in centr.

Hong Kong Watch, in a Facebook post, condemned the police for what happened at the metro station, saying that "Hong Kong Police authorities owe an explanation to Hong Kong people and the worldwide community".

The rally, called by the secretary of a number of the town's most essential protests, was canceled after failing for authorities acceptance.

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday.

Hong Kong has been the scene of increasingly tense anti-government protests for almost three months.

The unrest poses the gravest challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, with his government keen to end the protests before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct 1. An online flyer for the demonstration called it a "prayer for sinners" and featured images of a Christian cross and embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who had proposed the extradition bill.

A group of demonstrators in Hong Kong has temporally occupied the bus terminal of the territory's airport. Such unlawful police tactics continue to inflame rather than deescalate the situation. The airport has been declared a priority target for protests. this week. It is unclear when they will reopen.

Some MRT rail stations closed as protests disrupted train services.

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Traffic was backed up on a highway and other roads heading to the airport, leading some travelers to walk the last few kilometers, pulling their suitcases behind them.

Passengers arriving downtown on a ferry from Lantau Island, where Tung Chung is located, were being searched by police and asked for identity cards, the newspaper said.

Chinese state media has also alleged that the MTR corporation facilitates protesters by providing convenient transportation before and after violent clashes with the police.

Other protesters started fires, threw petrol bombs and pointed lasers at riot police as they smashed down a barrier erected around the government's parliament building.

TV news footage showed riot police beating people with their batons inside train carriages at Prince Edward station and deploying pepper spray, with many passengers seen to be cowering and bleeding. Police made several arrests. The youngest was a 13-year-old boy accused of possessing two gasoline bombs.

Protests erupted in early June in Hong Kong, whose 7.4 million people were promised a "high degree of autonomy" under an agreement between Beijing and London.

Demonstrations have rocked Hong Kong for more than twelve weeks. The British government refused that, instead giving people in the colony "British National Overseas" passports they could use to travel abroad but not settle in the United Kingdom.

"I hope the British government can change its nationality law", said a protester, Gary Law.

An event to mark five years since Beijing ruled out fully democratic elections was banned in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China.

Officers fired two warning shots in the air to scare off a group of protesters who had them surrounded and were trying to steal their pistols, the police said, only the second time live rounds have been used in more than three months of unrest.

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