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In Hong Kong, hundreds of protesters disrupt access to the airport

2019-09-01T09:20:11.500Z

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters tried on Sunday to block access to Hong Kong airport, the day after another day of protest, among the most violent since the beginning of the movement.



Prodemocracy militants do not disarm in Hong Kong. The day after a march that gave rise to new clashes between protesters and forces of
the order, demonstrators began to disrupt Sunday 1 September transport to the international airport of the semi-autonomous territory.

The train traffic to the airport was suspended Sunday afternoon and the traffic slowed heavily on the edge of the infrastructure, at the call of the leaders of the protest movement that shake since June the former British colony.

>> Read: In Hong Kong, thousands of people braved the ban on demonstrations

Protesters intend to saturate access to the airport until Monday. A similar approach had been undertaken last weekend, without achieving its goal.

Protesters dressed in black, wearing masks and hiding behind umbrellas to escape camera surveillance, also erected barricades at the airport bus terminal.

"God save the Queen"

"We want to disrupt the activity of the airport to draw attention to what the government and the police are doing to us," said a 20-year-old protester who wished to remain anonymous.

Hong Kong police banned the rally and accused protesters of throwing projectiles at agents attempting to dislodge them. "The police order all the protesters to stop their illegal acts and leave immediately," she said in a statement.

Other protesters gathered Sunday in front of the British Consulate in Hong Kong, where they waved the Union Jack and sung the "God save the Queen".

Saturday, new clashes erupted, the police respond by firing tear gas to Molotov cocktails thrown by protesters. The clashes continued for most of the night from Saturday to Sunday.

Real balls

Police fired two warning shots in the air when a group of protestors surrounded them and tried to steal their weapons, the police said.

This is the second time since the beginning of the movement, after the weekend, that the police use live ammunition to disperse the protesters.

"The level of violence is increasing rapidly and the illegal actions of protesters show no consideration for the laws of Hong Kong," police said in a statement.

Born in April of the rejection of a bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects to Mainland China, the protest movement has broadened to broader demands, including the protection of freedoms and autonomy enjoyed by the former British colony since its surrender to China in 1997.

With Reuters and AFP

Source: france24

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