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'Will You Apologize to the Girl?'

Protesters in Hong Kong rally around young woman apparently hit by police projectile
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2019 12:40 PM CDT
In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, photo, a protester covers an eye during a demonstration at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong. The fake eye patch is in solidarity with an injured young woman.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – Tensions were boiling over at Hong Kong's main airport Tuesday night as clashes broke out between protesters and police with pepper spray and batons, reports Reuters. The violence took place as the airport remained essentially shut down for the second straight day over pro-democracy protests. The situation at the airport had remained relatively peaceful until Tuesday's clashes. No word yet on arrests or injuries. Details and related coverage:

  • Undercover: One of Tuesday's flashpoints involved a man detained by protesters who was accused of being an undercover Chinese police officer. The man appeared to be unconscious at times and was detained for several hours before paramedics were finally able to evacuate him, reports CNN. Tuesday's violence may have been set off in part by police trying to help paramedics get to the man.
  • Eye for an eye: Many protesters were wearing fake eye patches in solidarity with a young woman who was reportedly struck in the eye by a police projectile over the weekend. Details about her condition were sketchy, but protesters were chanting things like "return the eye," reports the Washington Post. When Hong Kong's chief executive addressed reporters, one asked, "Will you apologize to the girl?" per the New York Times. Carrie Lam did not.

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