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Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to pro-democracy protest

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to pro-democracy protest

As Hong Kong police continue to use excessive force to break up the continuing protests, and have even arrested pedestrians who were just shopping, Taiwan Association for Human Rights Secretary-General Chiu Ee-ling (邱伊翎) said the police have impeded press freedom, handled female protestors humiliatingly and arrested and pressed charges against minors.

In nearby Cheung Sha Wan, the demonstrators threw objects at the police who also responded with tear gas.

Increasingly restive protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing. She said she was anxious about escalating violence, but added that "the protesters were just trying to protect themselves against police violence".

On Saturday, it didn't seem to matter that police barred several protest marches, citing the fear of violence.

"Hong Kong has arrived at a critical point".

Riot police fire pepper spray against protesters during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The move escalated Beijing's actions against corporations seen as supporting - or at least tolerating - staff participation in city protests that have dragged on for more than two months.

Last Tuesday in the wake of the general strike, Yang Guang, spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, declared that "radical protests" were endangering the city's prosperity and stability. The UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of supervision over Hong Kong.

According to hospital authorities, 13 people were injured and taken to hospital on August 11, with two people in serious condition, local media reported.

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Thousands of activists also occupied the airport arrivals hall for a third day in a row, while others turned out earlier at a downtown park.

Tear gas was sacked at the blackshirted crowds in districts on Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with one young female medic hospitalized after being shot in the right eye, triggering a protest by medical workers.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam apologized for introducing the bill and declared it "dead", however protesters have continued to draw large crowds with demands for Lam's resignation and complete withdrawal of the bill.

Demonstrators say they are fighting against the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back in 1997.

Police showed off water cannons Monday as pro-democracy street protests stretched into their 10th week with no sign of either side backing down.

Authorities have called the citywide demonstrations illegal and unsafe, while highlighting their impact on the already-faltering economy and residents' daily lives.

Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by "interfering" foreign powers including Britain.

"Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today", the statement said.

Late Friday, China's civil aviation authority issued a swathe of demands to Hong Kong's dominant airline, including barring employees who supported the recent protests from flying to the mainland, and asking the company to submit information about all crew members flying to China for verification and authorization.