Hong Kong's airport reopens after protests but more than 200 flights cancelled

Carrie Lam's comments come after China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show

Carrie Lam's comments come after China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show"sprouts of terrorism

The chaotic protests at Hong Kong International Airport over the past couple of days have cooled today. with only a few demonstrators in the terminals.

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday after demonstrators blockaded two terminals, the second consecutive day the airport has been targeted in the latest escalation of a 10-week political crisis that has gripped the worldwide finance hub.

A Cathay customer officer at the airport, who declined to provide his name, said almost all the airline's flights were full.

Meanwhile, a court has issued an injunction order to remove protesters from the airport.

The airport became a target on Monday and Tuesday after especially fierce clashes between police and protesters over the weekend in which a woman suffered a severe injury to her right eye.

"The choice of words in this case is created to signal to the Hong Kong authorities that they can use a higher degree of violence and repression", he told AFP.

Hong Kong Airport saw its second day of disruption yesterday as protesters again occupied the airport.

Shareholders of Cathay Pacific have condemned the "violent" protests after the airline's shares fell to a decade low.

Last week, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called China a "thuggish regime" for disclosing photographs and personal details of a USA diplomat who met with Hong Kong's student leaders.

The airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the site of daily protests since last Friday but they have been mostly peaceful until chaos broke out on Tuesday.

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"Concerning to see what's happening in Hong Kong and the worrying pictures of clashes between police & protesters at the airport", Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Twitter.

However, even though the Trump administration has made strident and provocative denunciations of Beijing over trade and unsafe strategic flashpoints such as the South China Sea, it has made no such comments over the Hong Kong protests.

However, multiple United States officials also told CNN that troop movement near the Hong Kong border is a tactic they expected from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is laying the groundwork, they say, in case intervention is needed. "I think paralysing the airport will be effective in forcing Carrie Lam to respond to us.it can further pressure Hong Kong's economy", said Dorothy Cheng, 17.

Trump has come under criticism for saying very little about Hong Kong's protests and appearing, instead, to focus more intently on his hopes for a trade deal with Beijing.

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters. At least two protesters were taken away by police. "He has no other task except for reporting".

On posters, the demonstrators said they have been "riddled with paranoia and rage" after discovering undercover police officers in their ranks.

Earlier this week, the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterisation of the protest movement as something approaching "terrorism" a label it routinely applies to nonviolent protests of government policies on the environment or in minority regions such as Xinjiang and Tibet.

Answering his own question, perhaps, he followed up that missive with another tweet five minutes later, ominously warning that "Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong." .

The sometimes violent protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China but have grown into wider calls for democracy.

But the editor of China's Global Times newspaper said one of those attacked was one of his reporters who was merely doing his job.

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