Hong Kong Grounds All Flights

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CNN reports that all flights in and out of Hong Kong’s Airport are grounded due to protests. If you have travel plans to/from Hong Kong you will need to keep an eye on this situation. I’d imagine that any travel in/out of the area will be very delayed due to this situation.

Hong Kong Grounds All Flights

As reported by CNN,

Today saw the fourth and largest day of airport sit-ins by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, thousands of whom thronged both terminals at the city’s international airport. Nearly 200 flights coming in and out of the city were canceled, and the normally calm and orderly airport descended into chaos.

Here’s the rundown:

  • All flights down: All departing flights were canceled, and more than 70 arriving flights were also stopped. In the early evening, the airport was filled with confused and frustrated travelers who weren’t sure if their flights had been canceled or not.

  • Protesters warn travelers: Thousands of protesters in the airport arrival hall warned arriving travelers, “Don’t trust the police,” and held up images of bloody clashes between protesters and riot police. Some shouted, “Turn back,” while others apologized for the inconvenience.

  • Anger at the police: Though the wider protest movement has a range of demands — including greater democracy — today’s demonstrations seemed focused at the police, who protesters accuse of brutal force and abuse of power.

  • A bloody weekend and bloody summer: Protesters are outraged about last night’s violent clashes with the police. One female protester’s eye was injured during the dispersal operation — which became a rallying cry for protesters today. Violence is fast becoming the norm as Hong Kong enters its 11th consecutive week of protests, which first began in June over a now-suspended extradition bill.

     

HT: CNN

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