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Riot police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Hong Kong International Airport on August 13, 2019. REUTERS / Tyrone Siu

On Tuesday, August 13, for the second day in a row, Hong Kong airport saw its activity disrupted by pro-democracy protesters. Hundreds of flights have been disrupted and registration operations have been suspended. Pro-democracy protesters were still present at two o'clock in the morning at the airport. The tension rose a notch in the evening between protesters and police. In the United States, Donald Trump spoke about the situation in China, an intervention criticized by Beijing.

It all started with the attempt to evacuate a wounded man. A man whom the pro-democracy protesters accuse of being an undercover police officer, and whom they tied to a luggage cart.

While a spokesman for the police asked the protesters to let them evacuate the man, some protesters targeted the eyes of law enforcement with lasers and threw bottles of water at them. The police had to retreat outside the airport. The wounded man was finally evacuated when the riot police sprayed protesters with pepper spray. They were blocking police vehicles.

See also: Hong Kong: protest against violence at the airport and in hospitals


US President Donald Trump reacted on Tuesday, August 13 to the situation. He first told reporters hoping " no one is killed " before calling " calm " on Twitter. US intelligence reportedly told him of a Chinese army deployment on the border with Hong Kong.

On the Chinese side, we denounce American " interference " in this crisis. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the United States to stay away from what Beijing calls China's internal affairs.

Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019