- Hong Kong pro-democracy protests blocked roads and disrupted railways to and from Hong Kong International Airport.
- It’s the second time protesters have targeted the transportation hub, occupying it for nearly a week in August.
- China, meanwhile, has shown no signs of allowing Hong Kong to remove the proposed extradition bill that has caused the protests.
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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters barricaded roads and disrupted trains servicing Hong Kong International Airport, marking the second time the group has targeted the transportation hub.
Protesters blocked roads to and from the highway and threw debris on the airport’s railway, Airport Express, forcing some travellers to walk. The move comes despite a police ban on protesting.
It’s the second time HKIA, which is one of the busiest airports in the world, has been targeted by the pro-democracy protesters, who have been active since June over a proposed extradition bill by mainland China.
While the airport wasn’t forced to make significant cancellations as a result of the most recent protests, the impact of the road blockages was still felt. At 7 pm local time on Sunday, HKIA posted a notice online that land services to and from the airport were still “severely obstructed.” Roads remained blocked, the notice read, but bus service was “gradually resuming.”
Video: SCMP/Lea Li pic.twitter.com/RHSedn7I5s
— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) September 1, 2019
From Telegram: This is the scene of Tsing Ma Bridge towards the airport.
Commuters can now only rely on road transport, after the MTR suspended train services bound for the airport. pic.twitter.com/JFKvNlfcEv
— Eric Cheung (@EricCheungwc) September 1, 2019
Saturday marked the thirteenth week in a row of protests. Hong Kong police have begun spraying protesters with blue-dye water cannons in an effort to identify protesters for arrests later. On Friday, two pro-democracy activists were arrested and then released on bail.
China, meanwhile, has not wavered, refusing to let Hong Kong remove the proposed extradition bill, according to reports from Reuters.
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