Flights that have not yet departed from Hong Kong airport will no longer be operated on Tuesday. The aviation authorities have decided this, because there is a demonstration at the airport for the fifth day in a row. The demonstrators have installed barricades in parts of the building.
Air traffic was started slowly on Tuesday morning, after almost all flights were canceled the day before due to protests at the airport.
Some arriving flights can still land. KLM informs NU.nl that the flight from Tuesday at 5 p.m. from Schiphol simply leaves on schedule. "We are in close contact with air traffic control in Hong Kong. Only if something changes to the situation will we make further announcements," said a spokesperson.
A group of demonstrators had spent the night at the airport. During the course of the day, this group grew. In the meantime, the demonstrators have installed barricades in various places.
The aviation authorities call on travelers not to come to the airport. It is not clear when outbound air traffic will resume. Only flights whose passengers have already been checked in can depart.
Hong Kong airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Around 75 million travelers use the airport every year.
Again demonstrators at Hong Kong airport
Demonstrators have been campaigning at Hong Kong airport since Friday. © NU.nl/Paul Brussaard
On Monday, the aviation authorities decided to cancel a large part of the flights. © NU.nl/Paul Brussaard
Some of the protesters stayed overnight at the airport. © Getty Images
Travelers also face delays and cancellations on Tuesdays. © Getty Images
The unrest in Hong Kong has been going on for more than two months. © Getty Images
UN commissioner calls for independent investigation
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet calls on the Hong Kong authorities to show restraint and investigate police violence in recent days.
In a press statement, Bachelet points to the images showing that agents are using tear gas in crowded, enclosed spaces and firing the gas directly at demonstrators. "This creates a significant risk of death or serious injury," she warns.
The protesters have been demanding for weeks an independence investigation into the actions of the police during the ongoing protests. They state that agents use unnecessary force against them.
China is becoming increasingly critical and threatening
China had initially been cautious about Hong Kong, but has recently become more critical and threatening. "Those who play with fire will go up in flames," the Chinese authorities warned last week.
Several videos have recently been released in which the Chinese security forces are carrying out exercises with people dressing as Hong Kong demonstrators. Tuesday images of military vehicles were published in Shenzhen, a Chinese city about 25 kilometers north of Hong Kong.
The Chinese army cannot just intervene in Hong Kong. The soldiers can only get involved in the conflict if the regional authorities give their consent.
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