Hong Kong airport cancels all flights over protests

Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all departures on Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption, BBC reports.

Hong Kong airport cancels all flights over protests

Hong Kong airport cancels all flights over protests
STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 12,  ARTSAKHPRESSPassengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world's busiest transport hubs.
In a statement, officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations.
Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.

Some protesters wore bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.

More than 160 flights scheduled to leave after 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) will now not depart.
Officials said arrivals already heading into Hong Kong would still be allowed to land, but other scheduled flights have been cancelled.
On Sunday afternoon, a peaceful rally in the city's Victoria Park led to clashes when protesters moved out of the area and marched along a major road despite a police ban.

There were confrontations in several central districts and police used non-lethal bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.

A number of people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes.



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