Protesters run as they construct barricades outdoors the terminals at Hong Kong Worldwide Airport, in Hong Kong, China September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
HONG KONG (Reuters) – A whole bunch of protesters gathered outdoors Hong Kong’s worldwide airport on Sunday, disrupting journey as they search to focus international consideration on their battle for better democracy in a metropolis dealing with its greatest political disaster in many years.
Trains to the airport have been suspended and site visitors was heavy after protesters urged the general public to overwhelm highway and rail hyperlinks to one of many world’s busiest airports.
The gathering on the airport comes after police and protesters clashed in a single day in among the most intense violence since unrest erupted greater than three months in the past over considerations Beijing was planning to erode the autonomy granted to town when it was handed again to China from Britain in 1997.
China denies the cost of meddling in Hong Kong, which it says is an inside affair. It has denounced the protests and warned of the injury to the economic system.
Protesters outdoors the airport, many holding umbrellas, chanted “Battle for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!” as riot police watched on from contained in the terminal constructing.
“We plan to disrupt exercise on the airport to attract consideration to what the federal government and the police are doing to us,” mentioned one 20-year-old protester, asking to not be named. “If we disrupt the airport extra foreigners will learn the information about Hong Kong.”
Metropolis police mentioned the demonstration on the airport was unlawful and that protesters had “hurled objects” at officers and charged at water-filled barricades. There have been no instant experiences of casualties on the airport.
“The Police warn all protesters to cease their unlawful acts and go away instantly,” police mentioned in an announcement.
In the meantime a number of hundred demonstrators gathered outdoors the British Consulate in central Hong Kong, waving Union Jack flags and chanting “God save the Queen”.
Reporting by Twinnie Siu, Marius Zaharia, Farah Grasp, Joyce Zhou, Donny Kwok and Anne Marie Roantree; Writing by Joe Brock; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez and Kenneth Maxwell