Hong Kong airport faces more protest turbulence
In this photo taken on Aug 12, 2019, protesters surround banners at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong.PHOTO: AP
Date: 2019-08-23 11:29
Hong Kong braced for multiple anti-government demonstrations on Friday and a “stress test” of the airport this weekend, as weeks of protest in the Chinese-ruled city showed no signs of let-up amid rising tension between China and some Western nations, Reuters reported.
“Go to the airport by different means, including MTR, airport bus, taxi, bike and private car to increase pressure on airport transport,” protest organizers wrote online ahead of a protest this weekend.
The airport, built on reclaimed land around an offshore island and reached by train or a highway over interlocking bridges, was forced to close last week and hundreds of flights were canceled or rescheduled when protesters and police clashed.
The Airport Authority published a half-page advertisement in major newspapers urging young people to “love Hong Kong” and said it opposed acts that blocked the airport, adding that it would keep working to maintain smooth operations.
Hong Kong’s high court extended an order restricting protests at the airport. Some activists had apologized for last week’s airport turmoil.
The protests, originally over a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extraditions to China, have plunged the former British colony into its worse crisis since its return to China in 1997 and pose a major challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping.