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The violence recorded during the protests in Hong Kong will take the city "down a road without return," warned the head of the Hong Kong government, Carrie Lam , favorable to Beijing on Tuesday.
"The violence, whether its use or justification, will take Hong Kong down a road without return and will plunge Hong Kong society into a very worrying and dangerous situation ," he said at a press conference.
"The situation in Hong Kong during the past week made me fear we had reached this dangerous situation," he added.
Lam has faced tough questions from the press, which interrupted her several times while defending the actions of the city police , during a weekend in which violent clashes between radical protesters and security forces were recorded.
This situation comes after Hong Kong registered its tenth consecutive weekend of protests , which began with opposition to a controversial extradition bill but that have evolved into a series of demands for improvement of the city's democratic mechanisms.
However, violence between the police and some protesters is increasing , in a spiral that has been increasing with the succession of protest marches.
The head of the Hong Kong Executive has argued that the police faced "extremely difficult circumstances" and were governed by "rigid and rigorous guidelines on the appropriate use of force."
Lam avoided answering the question of whether he had the capacity to end the crisis by accessing one of the protesters' key claims, completely repeating a bill (now suspended) that would allow extraditions to China .
He also objected when asked if, in that field, he had his hands tied by Beijing , and said that the question had already been answered in the past.
"I ask you again to put aside your differences and calm down," Lam claimed. "Take a moment to think, look at our city, our home. Do you really want to be taken to the abyss? " Lam asked, on the verge of tears .
The mobilization in Hong Kong, unpublished since the territory was returned to China in 1997, reached a new milestone on Monday with the cancellation of all flights to and from the city's international airport due to an important demonstration in the arrivals area .
The airport tries to recover normalcy
A day later the Hong Kong airport has dawned with more than 300 canceled flights. "At 08.00 local time (00.00 GMT time), 160 departure and 150 arrival flights , scheduled between midnight on Monday (16.00 GMT time on Monday) and 23.55 (15.55 GMT) on Tuesday were canceled," the newspaper said. Hong Kong South China Morning Post.
However, according to Hong Kong RTHK radio television, "some flights to Japan and Australia" may depart .
Airlines such as Cathay Pacific have asked their travelers to postpone any type of travel from Hong Kong that is not essential, and said they will operate some flights for passengers in transit in the autonomous city.
For their part, airport authorities asked travelers to check their flight information on the internet before heading to the airport and not to do so if their flight was not confirmed.
The scenes of long lines and crowds continued on Tuesday morning at the airport, which was trying to recover from Monday's protest, in which protesters with their actions tried to draw attention to what they consider police brutality when dispersing The protests in the city.
"I have been at the airport for 14 hours , but luckily it has not made me skip my plans since I am only here to accompany my mother on a work trip," Taiwanese Chang Ya-yuan told the South China Morning Post.
His flight was scheduled for 16.00 local time (08.00 GMT) on Monday, and was postponed twice before being canceled. This morning only some protesters remained in the terminals.
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