Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

09.50 14 Aug 2019


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Flights have resumed at Hong Kong Airport this morning, with airport officials saying they've obtained an interim injunction to prevent people "unlawfully and wilfully" blocking operations.

The airport authority cancelled hundreds of flights on Monday and Tuesday after thousands of pro-democracy protesters staged demonstrations in the airport's terminals.

China has issued increasingly strong warnings about the recent situation in Hong Kong, and in their most recent statement compared the protests to terrorism.

Today, planes are arriving at and departing from the airport, although there are still some cancellations and delays following the major disruption earlier in the week.

In a statement, Hong Kong Airport officials said: "The Airport Authority has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of Hong Kong International Airport (the Airport).

"Persons are also restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest or public order event in the Airport other than in the area designated by the Airport Authority.

"The interim injunction expressly provides that nothing in the interim injunction shall be construed as authorising any demonstration, protest or public order event contrary to the Public Order Ordinance."

Some protesters remain in the arrivals area today, but have reportedly indicated they'll obey the injunction.

One protester observed: "We will continue to fight for what we deserve otherwise all of that would have been in vain."

Last night saw some violent clashes between protesters and police in the airport terminal.

Officers in riot gear moved against protesters, with videos from the scene showing some demonstrators pushing back.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong began more than two months ago over a planned extradition bill which would have allowed suspects to be transferred to mainland China.

While the bill has been suspended, it has not been fully withdrawn - and protests have continued in opposition to the way the local government and police have responded to the crisis.

There have now been ten consecutive weekends of protests, with no signs of tensions deescalating.

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump claimed the Chinese government is moving troops to the border with Hong Kong

Main image: Travelers wait to check in for their flights at the airport in Hong Kong. Picture by: Vincent Thian/AP/Press Association Images

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