Hong Kong airport once more in the cross hairs for more protests
Hong Kong braced on Friday for further demonstrations and a “stress test” of the city’s international airport at the weekend, as nearly three months of anti-government protests showed no sign of abating.
A Hong Kong court has indefinitely extended an injunction sought last week by the Hong Kong Airport Authority to prevent anti-government protesters from stalling one of the world’s busiest airports.
The Hong Kong airport authorities put in place various measures to restrict those entering the airport and advised travellers to set aside additional time for check-in.
The order was renewed ahead of another protest planned at the airport on Saturday.
Multiple protests are planned for Friday, including a march by accountants to government headquarters and a “Baltic Chain” event where protesters will join hands across different districts in the Chinese territory.
In 1989 an estimated two million people joined arms across three Baltic states in a protest Soviet Union rule which became known as the Baltic Way or Baltic Chain.
Anti-government protesters have said they also plan to disrupt transport to the city’s airport at the weekend.
Hong Kong’s international airport, one of the world’s busiest, was forced to close temporarily last week and hundreds of flights were cancelled or rescheduled when protesters and police clashed.
The protests, which escalated in June over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China for trial, have grown into wider calls for political freedom.
In another development, Google has shut down 210 channels on YouTube it said were part of a “coordinated” attempt to post material about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
The firm said attempts had been made to “disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations”.
The search giant linked its move to similar action taken by Twitter and Facebook earlier this week.