Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism

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A journalist records evidence items presented by police at police headquarters in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 12, 2019.

The Hong Kong airport said in a statement that the demonstration "seriously disrupted" airport operations.

The U.S. State Department slammed the Chinese government Thursday, accusing it behaving like a "thuggish regime" after a state newspaper published personal information of an American diplomat in Hong Kong who reportedly spoke with supposed "Hong Kong independence" activists.

Two other flights from Chicago to Hong Kong and NY to Hong Kong were expected to arrive as scheduled, she said.

The 149 people, arrested between August 9 and August 12, comprise 111 male and 38 female, aged between 15 to 53.

Police, meanwhile, condemned the "unlawful assemblies" and said several officers had been injured during the weekend.

"I think we have clear-minded people up in Beijing, they should realise to actually send the Chinese army into Hong Kong - to clamp down on some social unrest - is just unrealistic", she said.

In Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula, a mob threw petrol bombs into the police station, and the legs of a policeman were burnt by fire consequently.

Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely unsafe tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging.

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Hong Kong has seen nine weeks of protests, with no end in sight.

The demonstrations in Hong Kong are now into their tenth week.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference on August 5 about protests against her extradition bill, for which she has apologized but not completely withdrawn.

The UK too has faced increasing pressure to take greater action over the protests.

The city's foreign investment promotion agency, InvestHK, boasts that Asia's key markets are "less than four hours away", a big selling point for the 8,000 global companies that have set up sales, operations and research and development centers in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's flagship carrier and a major local employer, has been ordered by Chinese aviation authorities to ban staff who took part in protests from traveling to China.

Thousands of passengers, including dozens of Australians, found themselves stranded at Hong Kong's worldwide airport in the wake of mass pro-democracy protests that culminated in the complete shutdown of all flights. One woman had been hit in the eye with a tear gas canister. Dressed in the black T-shirts and dust masks that have become the de facto uniform of the protest movement, the visibly angry crowd chanted slogans such as "an eye for an eye!" - a reference to the young medic whose blood-drenched face became iconic overnight.

News of tear gas and arrests outside the airport began to filter in and news reports were advising that all transport had been shut down and the airport area was to be avoided.

Joshua Wong, secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosistō and the iconic figure from the 2014 Umbrella Movement, urged in a Twitter post that the world must not remain silent over the latest police violence.

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