Hong Kong airport reopens after another chaotic night

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Hong Kong airport reopened on Wednesday after fierce clashes overnight, but the turmoil may be far from over following reports that aviation authorities have obtained a court order to remove protesters from the terminal, setting up a possible showdown with demonstrators later in the day.

After the late-night scuffle that left several people injured, most of the protesters and police eventually cleared the terminal, and as of early Wednesday, the operation at the airport was back to normal,

Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia’s key transport hubs.

Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day.

Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles.

Anti-government protesters sit-in at airport
Barricades and trolleys are seen at the entrance to Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport hall as anti-government protesters attend a demonstration against police violence in Hong Kong, China. EPA-EFE/LAUREL CHOR

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.

They were said to be holding identity cards showing they were police officers from mainland China.

The airport, one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since Friday. It has become the latest focus of mass political unrest in Hong Kong that began 10 weeks ago and shows no signs of abating.

Anti-government protesters sit-in at airport
Anti-government protesters attend a demonstration against police violence in Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport, Hong Kong, China on 13 August 2019. . EPA-EFE/LAUREL CHOR

Via Al Jazeera/ Strait Times/CNN/South China Morning Post

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