Police leaves airport and planes take off again

A young man injured in clashes with police

A young man injured in clashes with police


Riot police left their positions outside the airport as protesters began to disperse and the first flights to be re-established.

This is the current scenario at one of the busiest airports in the world following a protest that forced, for the second day in a row, the canceling of all flights, leaving thousands of passengers ashore.

The calmness that is felt at 01:00 Wednesday (18:00 in Lisbon) in Hong Kong International Airport, contrasts with the moments of tension lived when a police contingent entered the Terminal 1 at 22:45 local hour (15:45 in Lisbon).

Riot police were deployed in the exterior, where at least one arrest was made and one person was injured among security forces, who even used pepper gas on protesters, said the Lusa agency.

Hundreds of young people surrounded the first agents at Terminal 1 and tried to block access to the check-in area using airport baggage carts and some railings, which usually limit airline counters.

Upon arrival of the vans carrying the police, protesters went to the check-in counters where many of the stranded passengers were held, advising them to move to some places they thought were safer.

About 20 minutes after the first entry of the police contingent, the security forces, apparently blocked by hundreds of protesters, left the terminal, after which the riot police were deployed outside, where they also parked emergency medical vehicles.

This afternoon, and for the second day in a row, Hong Kong airport authorities canceled all flights due to another day of protest, the fourth in a row, which occupied the international airport terminals, and advised the general public not to go to the location.