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Protesters throng Hong Kong airport again after it reopens

| Updated: August 13, 2019 20:16:47

Protesters throng Hong Kong airport again after it reopens

Protesters clogged the departure area at Hong Kong’s reopened airport Tuesday, a day after they forced one of the world’s busiest transport hubs to shut down entirely amid their calls for an independent inquiry into alleged police abuse.

More than 100 flights were cancelled as thousands of protesters occupied the airport’s main terminal for the fifth consecutive day, says AP.

After filling up two separate arrivals halls, demonstrators have streamed into the departure area despite increased security measures designed to keep them out.

Passengers struggled to get past the sitting protesters and into the immigration section.

Some flights were able to take off earlier Tuesday, relieving some of the pressure from Monday’s cancellation of more than 200 flights.

Meanwhile, paramilitary police were assembling across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises in what some saw as a threat to increase force brought against the mostly young protesters who have turned out in their thousands over the past 10 weeks.

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