Flights In Hong Kong Resume As Protests Subside
Updated at 3:50 a.m. ET
Operations at Hong Kong International Airport were resuming Tuesday after a days-long pro-democracy protest forced hundreds of flights to be cancelled at one of the world’s busiest air hubs.
Following a police crackdown on protests elsewhere in the city, the airport sit-in — which began on Friday and was meant to last three days — was briefly expanded, spilling over into the departures hall, which prevented check-ins and security clearing.
A total of 310 flights were cancelled in the 24 hours since midnight Monday in Hong Kong, according to The South China Morning Post. The Hong Kong-based English-language daily said some protesters remained in the airport’s arrival area. Although most flights had resumed, more than 100 were cancelled again on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.
Hong Kong, as an open, free, very tolerant, economically stable city will see severe wounds,” she predicted.
“After the violence has been stopped and the chaotic situation subsides… I will be responsible [for] rebuilding Hong Kong’s economy, to listen as attentively as possible to my people’s grievances and [for] trying to help Hong Kong to move on,” she said.
Lam’s comments followed a second week of strong admonishments from Beijing. Yang Guang, a spokesman for China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office, stepped up his harsh words about the protests, saying they “constituted serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging.”
Meanwhile, the People’s Daily, considered a mouthpiece of the country’s ruling Communist Party, tweeted video of armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles rolling into Shenzhen, immediately adjacent to Hong Kong.