Air traffic to and from Hong Kong was severely disrupted on Monday by a demonstration at the international airport. An estimated five thousand people are taking action there. As a result, more than a hundred flights have been canceled.
The airport, which has been demonstrated for four days in a row, is one of the busiest in Asia. The Hong Kong aviation authorities canceled all departing flights from Monday around noon (local time).
Planes are still coming. Only flights that are already on the way can land. All travelers are advised to leave the airport as quickly as possible.
The traffic to and from the airport is also disrupted. According to The South China Morning Post , especially protesters are trying to reach the airport. Because of the busy roads, people try to reach the airport on foot, writes the Hong Kong newspaper.
Protesters have been campaigning at the airport for four days. (Photo: Getty Images)
China sees "signs of terrorism" in Hong Kong
China sees in the continuing protests in Hong Kong "signals of terrorism". The authorities in the autonomous region are struggling with demonstrations that increasingly lead to violence. The political crisis has been going on for more than two months.
The Chinese office dealing with Hong Kong and Macau, the special administrative regions within China, states that the unrest has reached a "critical point".
Last weekend's protests got out of hand. The riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators who had thrown two Molotov cocktails at officers. Action was taken in several places.
It is not clear how many people were injured last weekend. According to the authorities, one agent was injured by a Molotov cocktail. He has burns to his legs.
The Chinese authorities again announced their support for the Hong Kong police on Monday. The agents have been heavily criticized by demonstrators for months. The activists demand an independent investigation into the violence used by agents and regularly surround police stations.
171Why Hong Kong demonstrates so often
Unrest to be traced back to bill
The unrest in Hong Kong arose when Carrie Lam, the highest director in Hong Kong, wanted to implement a controversial extradition law. After several mass protests, she decided to suspend the proposal indefinitely.
The protesters demand that the bill be definitively withdrawn. They also want, among other things, that Lam steps up and that the judicial authorities withdraw the charges against the protesters.
Much to the protesters' dismay, the regional authorities did not respond to any requirement. In the meantime, demonstrations are made almost daily.
Several countries have tightened their travel advice for Hong Kong. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs also warns of the continuing unrest in Hong Kong. "Contact your airline or travel organization before you leave", the travel advice states.
See also: This is what we know about the unrest in Hong Kong
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