Hong Kong Airport Protests © Anthony Kwan / Getty Images
Hong Kong's airport has canceled all departures for the rest of the day due to ongoing protests from the pro-democracy movement. This was reported by the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post . According to it could still land flights, but new launches were postponed. Thousands of protesters have gathered in the airport's departure and arrival hall to protest the government and police violence in previous protests in the city. There have also been protests from the democracy movement.
For two months in Hong Kong has protested again and again, there were also several clashes between demonstrators and the police. A climax had reached the demonstrations last Monday with a general strike. The police used tear gas and batons.
The trigger for the demonstrations was a bill to extradite suspected criminals to China. Prime Minister Carrie Lam has meanwhile declared the law to be "dead". But the demonstrations have become a broader anti-government movement and police crackdown. Many people also fear increasing influence of Beijing and demand democratic reforms.
The former British Crown Colony of Hong Kong has been governed autonomously as a separate territory since its return to China in 1997, following the principle of "one country, two systems". Unlike the people of the Communist People's Republic, the Hong Kong people enjoy freedom of expression, freedom of the press and assembly.