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At Hong Kong Airport, a 2nd Day of Chaos

Departing flights canceled once again due to pro-democracy protesters
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2019 6:11 AM CDT
In this Monday photo, a man holds a placard as thousands of protesters take part in a sit-in rally at Hong Kong International Airport, a major hub in Asia, in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

(Newser) – Pro-democracy protests have shut down Hong Kong International Airport again, resulting in flight check-ins being canceled for the second day in a row and the city's mayor calling the scene a "dangerous situation," the BBC reports. "Terminal operations ... have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today," a statement from the Airport Authority notes. "Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport." CNN reports cheers could be heard from protesters as it was announced that departing flights were once again being nixed at one of the world's busiest airports, which has been the site of demonstrations for a good part of the last week.

Passengers trying to fly out of Hong Kong have mixed reactions to the protest and shutdown. "I am sympathetic for people who want changes, but I'm not sure it's the best way to go about it," a visitor from New Zealand told the New York Times. A more patient patron from Spain felt otherwise, saying, "If they have to stand for something, as long as it's peaceful, I can understand that." As for Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam, she's already defending China possibly sending in the military to restore order, per the Times. "The stability and well-being of 7 million people are in jeopardy," she said at a Tuesday presser filled with "combative" journalists seeking answers on what protesters have called explicit police misconduct. "Look at our city, our home. Do we really want to push our home to the abyss where it will be smashed into pieces?" (Read more Hong Kong stories.)

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