Flights resuming at Hong Kong airport after protest chaos

Published August 14, 2019, 9:45 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Associated Press

Check-in counters have reopened at Hong Kong’s airport after being shut during protests the previous day.

Protester use an umbrellas to block surveillance cameras during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu / MANIProtester use an umbrellas to block surveillance cameras during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu / MANILA BULLETIN)LA BULLETIN)
Protester use umbrellas to block surveillance cameras during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu / MANILA BULLETIN)

About three dozen protesters remained camped out in the arrivals area Wednesday morning. Flights appeared to be operating normally.

The airport closed check-in for remaining flights late Tuesday afternoon as protesters swarmed the terminal and blocked access to immigration for departing passengers.

More than 100 flights were cancelled on the fifth consecutive day protesters occupied the airport. Airlines had still been trying to clear a backlog of more than 200 flights from Monday.

The airport disruptions escalated a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.

 
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