As renewed protests continue for the fifth day at Hong Kong airport, all check-ins at the city’s airport have been cancelled Tuesday afternoon after thousands of protesters blocked the passengers from passing through the security gates.
The demonstrators, wearing black T-shirts, were seen making barricades using luggage trolleys to prevent the passengers from passing through.
Earlier in the day, the airport authorities said that operations have resumed but also warned that the flights would still be affected. Dozens of flights still remain cancelled on Tuesday in the wake of protests.
One of Hong Kong’s premier airlines Cathay Pacific cancelled more than 200 domestic and outbound flights. Only a limited number of flights would run for connecting passengers, it added.
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has cautioned the protesters not to push the city to the brink “of no return”.
Lam, who was addressing a press conference Tuesday, said the city might be sent into an “abyss” as it is witnessing a “dangerous situation”.
The reporters were seen shouting and cutting her off as she avoided tough questions.
The Chief Executive’s remarks come a day after hundreds of flights had been cancelled when thousands gathered at the city’s airport.
The unrest in the city spanning since past ten weeks has not ebbed much and is neither is expected to
During the press conference, Lam was seen emotional, on the verge of breaking down. She urged the protesters to forget their differences with the government.
She called on to them asking if they really wanted “our city, our home” to be pushed into an “abyss”?
Meanwhile, the journalists hurled questions at her condemning her response to the situation.
Some reporters allegedly asked her when will she “accept political responsibility to end citizen’s fear”.
Lam was further questioned if she had the authority to withdraw the contentious extradition bill — the cause of all the protests.
According to reports, there was visual evidence that police on Sunday shot non-lethal ammunition at protesters from close range. The police personnel were seen firing tear gas and thrashing protesters with batons, sparking fresh allegations of brutality.
However, May denied that the brute force used by the police was not on her command, rather it was “on the spot judgment” by them.
The protests in Hong Kong began as a response to a proposed extradition bill, which is now suspended. However, the public seems agitated with the administration flaring the issue into a more demanding pro-democracy movement. There are fears that the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region (SAR) of China are gradually being rescinded.