Tensions ran high as police dressed in riot gear clashed with protesters at the international airport in Hong Kong on Tuesday. IMAGE: A police officer sprays pepper spray at anti-government protesters during clashes at the airport in Hong Kong. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters Protesters, who have been demonstrating at the airport for the second consecutive day, had barricaded themselves inside the premises as the police descended at the airport, according to CNN. The news outlet later reported that the police had started retreating from the airport. All outbound flights from Hong Kong were cancelled on Tuesday as protests gripped the international airport for a second straight day. Hordes of protesters descended at the pre-security departures area, forcing all check-in services to be suspended. IMAGE: Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters Hong Kong's Airport Authority had earlier in the day said that … [Read more...] about Protests disrupt air travel in Hong Kong for 2nd day
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Email By Max Walden and Michael Li Updated August 30, 2019 16:57:13 Photo: Chinese troops have been garrisoned in Hong Kong for 22 years. (Flickr: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) Related Story: China brings fresh troops into Hong Kong in 'routine' rotation Related Story: Would China blow up a 50-year deal with Hong Kong by sending in troops? Related Story: Yak to the rescue: Why China's hundred-billion-dollar military still needs the bovine Map: China As more than three months of protests in Hong Kong have continued unabated, speculation has grown that Beijing could send security forces to quash unrest. Key points:Chinese military personnel have been stationed in Hong Kong since 1997By law, Hong Kong's Government must request the assistance of mainland troopsExperts say a military intervention remains unlikely but cannot be ruled out While most experts say it is still unlikely China would mobilise its People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Hong Kong, a build-up of … [Read more...] about Why does Beijing have a military garrison in Hong Kong and what could that mean for protesters?
Email By Max Walden Updated October 05, 2019 23:54:27 Photo: Australia signed a free trade agreement with Hong Kong in March. (ABC News: Mary Lloyd) Related Story: Hong Kong is rolling out a colonial-era 'emergency law' — here's what that means Related Story: Chinese-Australians praise Hawke for safety promise after Tiananmen massacre Related Story: Fears of 'another Tiananmen Square' as HK's student leaders arrive in Australia to rally support Map: China Several groups representing the Hong Kong Chinese community in Australia have called upon Scott Morrison's Government to allow Hongkongers to remain in Australia "unconditionally" in light of ongoing unrest in the semi-autonomous territory. Key points:Pro-democracy groups have called for Hongkongers to remain in AustraliaThey say an Australia-Hong Kong FTA should also be postponedLocal campuses have seen clashes over Hong Kong As protests opposing the enactment of emergency laws grew violent on Friday night, … [Read more...] about Hong Kong groups call upon Australia to allow students to stay, reconsider free trade agreement
HONG KONG -- More than 1.1 million Hong Kong residents have signed an online petition as of Monday morning, calling for an end to violence in Hong Kong. The campaign, initiated by the Safeguard Hong Kong alliance in October, is aimed at voicing their opposition to violence by black-clad masked rioters, and rallying public support for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and the police in stopping violence and restoring order. PETITION AGAINST VIOLENCE On Friday, Safeguard Hong Kong submitted a petition to the director of the HKSAR Chief Executive's Office. Kennedy Wong, convener of the community group, said the escalating violence has discouraged many residents from standing up to speak out, and the online petition is to allow more residents to voice their demands. "We hope it can gather the positive energy in Hong Kong, and bring together those who support the HKSAR government and the police," Wong said. Hong Kong residents should first support the law … [Read more...] about More than 1.1 m Hong Kong residents sign petition against violence
HONG KONG: Hong Kong on Monday saw one of its most violent days since protests began in June, with clashes involving police and protesters leaving downtown paralysed, transportation networks hobbled and two men clinging to life. The chaos started early on Monday when demonstrators, still angry after the first protest-related death on Friday, moved to disrupt the morning commute. A scuffle ensued outside a subway station in which a police officer shot a protester at point blank, all of which was caught on a video that went viral within moments. He's currently in intensive care. On Monday, a man was set on fire while arguing with one group in the northeastern area of Ma On Shan. He is also in critical condition. The shooting spawned calls for a flash mob at noon in Central, where protesters blocked roads in one of Hong Kong's premier shopping districts. Police fired tear gas to clear them out, leading to chaotic scenes of office workers ducking into malls to wash out their eyes with … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police shoot at protester in fresh unrest