“Burn With Us” – Protesters Clash With Riot Police At Hong Kong Airport Amid Surge Of Violence

Sunday, September 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/01/2019

Following one of the most violent days of unrest since the anti-extradition bill protests began three months ago, Hong Kongers again ignored police orders to stay home on Sunday and gathered at Hong Kong International Airport. Though Sunday’s demonstration was smaller than Saturday’s, police once again escalated their violent tactics, at one point seeming to indiscriminately beat down young people traveling on the city’s public transit on suspicion that they might be traveling to join the protest.

Protest leaders called on supporters to overwhelm roads and rail links to the airport on Sunday and Monday to try and cause mass cancellations of flights like they did two weeks ago, according to the SCMP.

They were met by an army of riot police, who forced them to retreat to Tung Chung, where many demonstrators took refuge in the local MTR station.

Some protesters tried to set up barricades to stop the advancing riot police, leading to scuffles that have become all too familiar at this point in the protest movement.

After a brief, but violent, showdown with police Sunday afternoon, calm had returned to the airport by Sunday night, but travelers were left to improvise alternative routes to the airport as police shut down the express train service, forcing flyers to take taxis and buses on highways clogged with pedestrians.

After leaving the airport, protesters gathered in Tung Chung, where the MTR station was trashed during scuffles with police, and barricades were set on fire. Protesters also gathered at Citygate mall. Many ended up stranded on Lantau Island as police also shut down the Tung Chung MTR line after claiming it was “vandalized” by protesters.

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