At Hong Kong Airport, passengers were able to check in for flights again on Tuesday morning, but normal operations were not restored. On the previous day, the airport authority had canceled all flights after pro-democracy protests had occupied the main terminal of the airport. By the morning, most demonstrators had left the terminals, with only about 50 activists still waiting in the building.
The website of the airport said in the morning that the flight plan would be rescheduled, some flights would be affected by the rescheduling. Cathay Pacific said that about 200 flights had been canceled and that the company would only make a limited number of take-offs and landings.
According to authorities, 5,000 people in the airport protested against police violence and the government. They accuse the security forces of using increasingly violent and disproportionate methods against demonstrators. At the airport, activists posted signs saying "Hong Kong is not safe" and "Shame on the police". They also showed pictures of policemen who had used batons and tear gas against the protesters. The airport administration then canceled all flights for the remainder of the afternoon in the afternoon.
USA urge restraint
Hong Kong has protested again and again for two months, and there have been several clashes between demonstrators and the police. A week ago, the demonstrations reached a climax with a general strike.
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". However, the demonstrations have since developed into a broader anti-government movement and police crackdown. Many people also fear increasing influence of Beijing and demand democratic reforms.
The central government in Beijing is outraged by the protests. She recently tightened her warnings to the demonstrators and said the protest movement was pointing out "signs of terrorism."
The US government called on the parties to the conflict in the Chinese Special Administrative Region on Monday to restraint. "The United States urges all sides to refrain from violence," said a senior government official in Washington. "Societies help it the most when different political views are respected and can be expressed freely and peacefully."