The peace at the airport in Hong Kong has somewhat returned. More than a hundred flights were canceled on Monday due to a large demonstration. On Tuesday, travelers must still be aware of delays, because the airport is still behind the desired schedule. In addition, hundreds of flights are being canceled again.
Reportedly, more than five thousand people attended the protest. Demonstrations had been taking place at the airport for days, but the Hong Kong aviation authorities then saw no reasons for drastic measures.
On Monday only planes could land at the airport that were already en route. Several countries have tightened their travel advice for Hong Kong and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also warned against the continuing unrest in the city.
"Contact your airline or travel organization before you leave", the travel advice states.
It was also difficult for travelers to reach or leave the airport. On the surrounding roads it would have been so busy in connection with the demonstration that people tried to reach the airport on foot.
Cathay Pacific, which has Hong Kong as its home port, has canceled 200 flights before Tuesday. The airport is one of the largest airports in the world. 75 million travelers use the airport every year.
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The protesters demand that the bill be definitively withdrawn.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.
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 protests last weekend again got out of hand. The riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators who had thrown two Molotov cocktails at officers.
It is not clear how many people were injured, as far as is known, certainly one agent has burns to his legs caused by a Molotov cocktail.
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