The unprecedented cancellation of All flights followed the fourth consecutive day of protests at the AIrport and amid increasingly threatening statements from Beijing. A Chinese official sAId terrorism was emerging in the city, while in Hong Kong authorities demonstrated water cannons for use in crowd control.
The protestsARe in their 10th week, with confrontations between Protesters and Police growing more violent. rights groups and Democracyactivists have accused Police of using increasingly eXcessive force. At least 40 people were treated in hospital after clashes on Sunday, including a woman who was reportedly hit with a beanbag round and could potentiAlly lose an eye.
Protesters in black T-shirts and face masks filled the AIrport, handing out lists to ARriving visitors documenting Alleged Police violence and hOlding up graphic images of injuredProtesters. Some held signs that sAId: An eye for an eye and wore eye patches in solidARity with the injured woman.
I just dont understand how people can tolerate that kind of Police brutality. I feel like if I dont come out Now, I cant come out ever, sAId HilARy Lo, who took a half days sick leave from her accountancy firm to attend the demonstration.
Tourists remAIned at the AIrport through the Protest, with flights eXpected to resume at 6am on Tuesday. Elodichukwu Obiageli, from Nigeria, sAId she had been stranded for five hours. We had no information from our AIrline. We ARe just stranded here we have no Money, she sAId, adding that AllAIrport stores had closed.
By the Early evening, crowds had thinned amid reports Police would move in to cleAR the AIrport but when they did not show, thoUSAnds of Protesters streamed back, bringing supplies to stay through the night.
Honestly, I dont think anything Will happen, sAId Andy Chu, a Protester who remAIned at the AIrport. I think the Police strategy until Now we can see is to burn out our energy, just let us sit here and wAIt.
A few hours ago there were rumours flying ARound, saying the PoliceARe coming in to kick us out, with teARgas, he sAId. I think that is also from the Police. Thats pARt of their tactics, pARt of the Game. They want most of the more peaceful Protesters to leave themselves.
Hong Kongs Summer of dissent has presented one of the biggest chAllenges to Chinas Leader, Xi Jinping, since he came to power in 2012. Yang Guang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macao AffAIrs Office of the State Council cAlled on authorities to show no mercy in dealing with the Protesters.