China sees in the continuing protests in Hong Kong "signals of terrorism". The authorities in the autonomous region are struggling with protests 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 several groups of demonstrators, who threw 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, at least one agent was injured. No further information is known about his condition.
The Chinese authorities again announced their support for the Hong Kong police on Monday. The agents have been heavily criticized for months. Protesters demand an independent investigation into the violence used by the police and regularly surround police stations.
Flights to and from Hong Kong canceled
The political crisis is also having an increasing impact on Hong Kong's economy. For example, many flights to and from the international airport were canceled on Monday.
Protesters are taking action at the airport for the fourth day in a row. The aviation authorities canceled all flights not yet processed on Monday afternoon (local time).
It is very busy on the roads to the airport and all parking spaces are occupied. 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.
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The unrest 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The protesters demand that the bill be definitively withdrawn.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, for Lam to step up and for the judiciary to drop charges against the protesters.
To the great displeasure of the demonstrators, the regional authorities did not respond to any requirement. Meanwhile, action is being taken almost daily.
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