Hong Kong protests: Flights resume as airport authority restricts protests

Protesters stage a sit-in rally at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International airport

The late-night chaos came after belligerent protesters spent hours detaining and assaulting a young man they claimed was an undercover agent from mainland China at the check-in area in the departure hall.

It said in a statement that people would be "restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest.in the airport other than in the area designated by the Airport Authority".

Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they had arrested five people for possession of weapons and for assaulting officers amid ongoing protests at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The airport, one of the world's busiest, has been the site of daily protests since last Friday but they have been mostly peaceful until chaos broke out on Tuesday.

"If Hong Kong rioters can not read the signal of having armed police gathering in Shenzhen, then they are asking for self-destruction", the Global Times post warned.

This is not the Hong Kong I've learned to love.

What began as a largely leaderless effort to block legislation allowing extraditions to mainland China has expanded into a list of demands including investigations into police tactics and a direct vote to replace Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

A Fiji Airways spokesperson says at present, they plan to operate today's Nadi to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Nadi services.

What's called the Basic Law - Hong Kong's "constitution" since the United Kingdom gave the territory back to China in 1997 - is clear about when Chinese military can be used in the city.

In a tweet, Hu Xijun, the editor of China's state-controlled Global Times tabloid, which has vociferously condemned the protests, confirmed the man was a journalist working for the paper. Undoubtedly US officials are watching events in Hong Kong closely and calculating whether they can be used to further American interests.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been reserved, telling reporters on Tuesday that what was unfolding in Hong Kong was "a very tough situation", but said he hopes it "it works out for liberty". "Everyone should be calm and safe!" he commented.

Lavin said his group arrived in Hong Kong from Phuket, Thailand, several days ago, and that they were surprised to find throngs of protesters after making their way through customs.

Authorities in Beijing on Monday described some of the violence as "terrorism", and state-run media this week began promoting videos showing security forces gathering in Shenzhen just across the border from Hong Kong. "I hope nobody gets hurt".

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