Protesters bet on economic erosion to pressure Government

Activists on the fourth day of airport protests

Activists on the fourth day of airport protests

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Economic erosion, especially in the tourism sector, is one of the activists' bets to pressure the government to accept its claims.

"They are not giving us alternatives. This is a way, but it is the Government's fault. We had millions on the streets, but now they seem to be reacting" due to the impact and visibility of the protest at one of the busiest airports in the world, told to the news agency Lusa several protesters who asked not to be identified in fear of retaliation by the authorities.

On the fourth day of protest at the airport, with hundreds of flights canceled for the second day in a row, the Hong Kong Government announced today a formal inquiry into the circumstances in which a woman was seriously hit in the eye in front of Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station on Sunday, which became a symbol of police brutality.

Faced with losses in the tourism sector, which are also already affecting the special administrative region of Macau, the head of the Hong Kong government warned today that the violence of the pro-democracy demonstrations is pushing the territory "into an abyss and leading the society... to a worrying and dangerous situation."

At the airport, they are sitting in trolleys that are supposed to carry luggage, carry signs denouncing police brutality, display red-tinted eye-covers and guarantee that they will be present at another major march promoted by the Human Rights Civic Front, scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

The protests in Hong Kong have lasted for more than two months and have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and police, with recent data pointing to an economic impact on the former British colony's travel industry.