Hongkong protest block routes

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy activists block some routes to city’s airport

Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists blocked some routes to the city’s airport today as the financial hub began cleaning up after another night of violent protests marked by fires, tear gas and police beatings.

Operators of the Airport Express train said it had suspended services this afternoon. Meanwhile, black-clad protesters — hiding from CCTV cameras under umbrellas — built barricades at the airport bus station and attempted to stop traffic on the main road leading to terminals.

Flights had so far not been disrupted, and riot police were deployed inside the terminals. The airport is covered by an injunction banning protesters from entering-imposed after a shutdown in August which ended in ugly clashes. But protesters have routinely ignored legal moves to ban their rallies and actions – since the anti-government movement sprang to life three months ago.

The protests were sparked by an attempt by Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government to pass a now-shelved extradition bill, but have expanded into a wider pro-democracy push. 

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