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Hong Kong protests live updates: Latest news as violent clashes break out at airport as riot police begin crackdown on demonstrators

Hong Kong police officers and pro-democracy protesters have clashed at the city’s airport as anti-government demonstrations continue.

Operations at the airport were severely disrupted for a second day. The scuffles broke out in the evening between police and protesters, after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics.

Several police vehicles were blocked by protesters, and riot police moved in, pushing some protesters back and using pepper spray at times.

Protesters detained two men, declaring that both were suspected undercover police officers who had infiltrated the crowds.

Hong Kong’s police force had earlier claimed to have infiltrated the protesters’ ranks.

Medics removed one man, but another was held for two hours. 

His wrists were bound and water poured over his body, after a mainland China card was found in his bag.

The man told the crowd he was a journalist from China.

Eventually emergency services brought the man out of the terminal.

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Welcome to our coverage of the Hong Kong protests

Protesters and police officers have clashed violently at Hong Kong’s international airport.


The city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said the instability was pushing the city towards “the path of no return”.


Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said in a statement that protesters had blocked passageways to the airport’s restricted area, barring passengers from proceeding to immigration.

Protesters fought with police officers, who used pepper spray to keep back the crowds.

Several police vehicles were blocked amid heated scenes.



Donald Trump has described the violence in Hong Kong as “very tough.”


The US president said he hoped matters in the city state would work out “for liberty” and that he hoped no one would get hurt.


Protesters in the city clashed with riot police on Tuesday evening. 

Chaos has broken out at Hong Kong’s airport as riot police fight with protesters.


Officers armed with pepper spray and batons are clashing with demonstrators, who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the airport terminal.

Protesters inside the airport have detained a man they suspect of being an undercover police officer.


After emptying out his belongings, they found a blue T-shirt that has been worn by pro-Beijing supporters that they said was evidence he was a spy.


Photographs of the man circulating on social media appeared to show his wrists fastened with cable ties.






Police officers said they were trying to reach an injured man inside Hong Kong’s airport when the violence broke out.


The man was reportedly also detained by protesters on suspicion of being an undercover agent.


As the violence continues, UN officials have spoken out to condemn the authorities’ tactics.


Rupert Colville said the UN Human Rights Office had also reviewed credible evidence that police are using “less-lethal weapons in ways that are prohibited by international norms.”


Photos are beginning to filter in from Hong Kong airport, where riot police are becoming increasingly aggressive.

China’s UN mission has claimed that pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong smashed public facilities, paralysed the airport, blocked public transport and used lethal weapons, “showing a tendency of resorting to terrorism”.


Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s human rights chief, had earlier urged Beijing to exercise restraint in its response to growing unrest in the territory.


“The Chinese central government firmly supports Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the HK SAR government in discharging their duties in compliance with the law and supports the Hong Kong police force and judicial organs in enforcing the law decisively,” a spokesperson for the UN mission said, in response to Ms Bachelet’s comments.


Protesters in the city are calling for Carrie Lam’s resignation. The Hong Kong leader is a pro-Beijing figure and China has kept a close eye on the demonstrations.

Hong Kong’s airport authority has advised people to not come to the hub, which is one of the busiest in the world.


Check-in for flights departing after 4.30pm was suspended as protesters filled the airport.

More details are emerging about one of the two men being held by pro-democracy protesters inside the airport.


Demonstrators suspect both men of being undercover police officers.


Protesters tied one man’s wrists with plastic strips and poured water over his head.


They claimed he was an officer from mainland China.


Sally Tong, an 18-year-old protester, said they needed to keep holding him as evidence that mainland Chinese authorities are in Hong Kong to monitor the demonstrations.

Ms Tong said the man was dressed in black and wore a mask to look like one of them.

“We want to keep him here and investigate,” Ms Tong said.

Protesters said the man dropped his wallet when he was running away from them, and they found ID cards from mainland China and also found his name on a list of police officers online.

Hong Kong’s police force has previously said it has infiltrated the demonstrators, leading to concerns that officers were inciting violence.

As violence rages in Hong Kong, Donald Trump said he hoped nobody there would get hurt.


He also said the situation worked out for everybody involved, including China.


The US president was speaking to reporters in New Jersey when he was asked about the volatile situation.


“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation – very tough,” he told reporters.

 “We’ll see what happens.”

“It’s a very tricky situation. I think it will work out and I hope it works out, for liberty.

“I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed,” the president said.

Donald Trump has said he can’t imagine why the US is being blamed for the Hong Kong protests.


Pro-government figures have suggested the US is encouraging the unrest to destabilise the city’s government, which has close ties with Beijing.


Donald Trump has said US intelligence agencies believe China is moving troops towards Hong Kong.

“Everyone should be calm and safe!” Mr Trump said.


It is unusual for state leaders to discuss information from intelligence briefings.


Video from Mike Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter, appears to show protesters in Hong Kong seizing a baton from a police officer and then beating him with it.


Emergency staff have taken an injured mainland Chinese man away from Hong Kong’s airport after angry protesters who accused him of being a Chinese undercover agent tied up his hands and tried to beat him up. 

The man was pictured with his hands bound with cable ties, lying in a fetal position on the ground surrounded by a crowd of protesters as demonstrations continued at the airport for a second day and turned tense late Tuesday.


Some tried to kick and hit him while others tried to hold the crowd back.


Protesters said they detained him because he wore a press vest and claimed to be a reporter, but a mainland Chinese ID card was found in his belongings. 

The chaotic situation eventually ended when protesters allowed ambulance workers to take the man away on a stretcher. 


Pro-democracy protesters have been sensitive to police infiltration after activists were arrested by officers dressed just like them. Police have acknowledged that they use decoy officers in some operations. 

At least three concerts by overseas performers have been canceled in Hong Kong as protesters forced the city’s airport to suspend operations for a second day. 

K-pop star Kang Daniel and Scottish band CHVRCHES both announced Tuesday that they are calling off upcoming events. American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin canceled an upcoming concert late Monday. 

Kang’s management office said the cancellation of a fan meeting scheduled for Sunday was because of safety concerns related to the protests, while CHVRCHES blamed “unforeseen circumstances.” 

The airport protests are the latest escalation in a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many in Hong Kong see as an increasing erosion of their freedoms. 

A reporter from China’s Global Times was seized by demonstrators at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday but was rescued by police, the newspaper’s editor in chief said.

“GT reporter Fu Guohao has been rescued by police and sent to the hospital. We’re still learning about his injury conditions”, Hu Xijin said in a tweet.

Global Times is a tabloid published by the Ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily.

In an earlier tweet, Mr Hu had attached a video and said his reporter was tied up by demonstrators.

Protesters had earlier detained a man they believed was an undercover police officer, after finding a mainland China card in his bag.

They fastened his wrists and poured water over his head. The man was eventually taken out of the airport by emergency services.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam earlier defended law enforcement actions after protesters prompted an airport shutdown with calls to investigate alleged police brutality.

Ms Lam told reporters on Tuesday morning that dialogue would only begin when the violence stopped. She reiterated her support for the police and said they have had to make on-the-spot decisions under difficult circumstances, using “the lowest level of force.”

The embattled leader was speaking before further violence broke out at the airport. 

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong want her to resign but Ms Lam has said she intends to remain in her post.

Most protesters and police have left Hong Kong Airport after a second day of demonstrations that caused mass flight cancellations at the busy transport hub. 

Riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters outside the building earlier on Tuesday night. Officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons tried to enter the terminal, while protesters used luggage carts to barricade entrances. 

Hundreds of flights were cancelled and passengers have been forced to stay in the city while airlines tried to find other ways to get them to their destinations. 

The airport disruptions are an escalation of a summer of demonstrations against what some in Hong Kong see as an increasing erosion of freedoms. The protests have in recent weeks turned to focus on police brutality against demonstrators. 

Dominic Raab, the UK’s foreign secretary, has condemned the violence in Hong Kong.


“Concerning to see what’s happening in Hong Kong and the worrying pictures of clashes between police & protesters at the airport,” Mr Raab said in a tweet posted on Tuesday evening.


“As I said to Carrie Lam during my call last week, we condemn the violence & encourage constructive dialogue to find a peaceful way forward.”




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