'One country, two systems': What's behind the Hong Kong protests

Galtero Lara
Agosto 14, 2019

Hong Kong's airport resumed operations Wednesday morning, just hours after thousands of anti-government protesters forcibly blockaded the main terminal, temporarily paralyzing the transport hub for the second consecutive night.

Continued unrest in Hong Kong has resulted in hundreds of injuries, many more arrests, and increasing worldwide attention.

Most flights appeared to be running on schedule based on one of the departure boards at the airport and hundreds of travelers were in the departures hall.

The latest protest led to ugly scenes at one of the world's busiest airports where small groups of hardcore demonstrators turned on two men they accused of being spies or undercover police, and as desperate travellers pleaded in vain to be allowed onto flights.

The group apologised for clashes on Wednesday, in which police armed with batons and pepper spray clashed with thousands of protesters, saying that "after months of prolonged resistance, we are frightened, angry and exhausted".

Earlier in June, protests began in Hong Kong in opposition to an extradition bill that has since been shelved.

Earlier in the day, authorities were forced to cancel all remaining flights as the city's pro-Beijing leader warned that the protesters had pushed events onto a "path of no return".

At around 10:45 p.m., Hong Kong riot police units without visible warrant cards were sent in to rescue Xu.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 2.10 percent in its third straight day of losses.

Cathay Pacific said last week that it had removed a pilot from duty in July who had been arrested during one of the protests.

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The video of a tourist from Turkey who was stuck in Hong Kong while in transit to Thailand is also circulating. Low wages, economic insecurity, the lack of opportunities for young people, unaffordable housing, and threadbare welfare services are all fuelling discontent and anger.

Stay tuned for more updates on the situation in Hong Kong. "The average monthly salary in Hong Kong is around $HK17,500 ($US2,230), while the average rent for a one-bedroom flat in the city centre is $HK16,500".

Netizens on @lihkgofficial apologise for the inconvenience they caused yesterday at the Hong Kong airport.

Videos promoted by state media showed Chinese military and armoured vehicles appearing to gather in the southern city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

It was not immediately clear what the scope of the injunction to remove the protesters would be or how it would be enforced, but technically, the order would become effective once it was posted in a public area at the airport.

The state-owned Chinese media has also accused the United States of being the "black hand" behind the Hong Kong protests and attempting to foment a "colour revolution" on China's doorstep. "Right now we don't know if we can leave so we're watching very closely".

However, even though the Trump administration has made strident and provocative denunciations of Beijing over trade and risky strategic flashpoints such as the South China Sea, it has made no such comments over the Hong Kong protests. Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday, without providing details about when he received the information.

Mr Trump on Tuesday said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troops were gathering across the border.

"Everyone should be calm and safe!" "We'll see what happens". I hope it works out peacefully. "It really hurts me". "I hope nobody gets killed".

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