- Title: Hong Kong: Tourists ''scared'' as flights disrupted for second day running
- Date: 13th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 13, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS TOURISTS TAKING SELFIES BOAT SAILING ACROSS HONG KONG HARBOUR AND SKYLINE VARIOUS TOURISTS STANDING NEAR HARBOUR BAY BOATS SAILING ACROSS HONG KONG HARBOUR VARIOUS TOURISTS POSING FOR PHOTO AGAINST NIGHT SKYLINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM ITALY, LARA CERIOTTI, SAYING: "I wasn't so much affected as I was able to walk round the city with no problems. But we were always scared of something probably happening and we have some friends in our hotel, they had a flight today and they couldn't get home so they're coming back to the hotel and they have to find a room now because they couldn't go back home. And we have a flight tomorrow, so we're kind of scared that we couldn't get back but we hope we can." TOURISTS WALKING ALONG BAY VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING AT CROSS ROAD PEOPLE CROSSING ROAD / TRAMS APPROACHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURISTS FROM SWITZERLAND (FROM LEFT), PASCALE CARATSCH AND SINA STIRNIMANN, SAYING: CARATSCH: "We were scared because we didn't know what's going to happen. But it wasn't unsafe so that's not the problem but we just didn't want to be there in the middle of everything." STIRNIMANN: "But we kind of, we get why Hong Kong is demonstrating, we totally get that, it's just kind of weird that you get like stuck up with it, yeah, fed up with yourself, it's just a completely different scenario." CARATSCH: "And right now we cannot go home, so, that's the problem." STIRIMANN: "Yeah, we're stuck in Hong Kong now for." CARATSCH: "The next three days I think." STIRNIMANN: "Three days, and then we don't know when we're going home. So, that's kind of scary too." VARIOUS PEOPLE WALKING IN TOURIST AREA PEOPLE STANDING
- Embargoed: 27th August 2019 20:04
- Keywords: Hong Kong China protest extradition bill law tourists
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001AS1V1VR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tourists in Hong Kong said on Tuesday (August 13) night they were ''scared'' during demonstrations in the city and were unsure of when they will be able to get back home as flights were disrupted for a second day.
Lara Ceriotti is visiting the city from Italy. She said her friends were unable to fly home on Tuesday due to the airport shut down and she is worried about being able to fly home herself, saying ''we're kind of scared we can't get back.''
Two tourists from Switzerland, Pascale Caratsch and Sina Stirnimann, said they have been unable to go home and face the prospect of being stuck in Hong Kong for three days more than they were meant to be.
In a second day of unrest at the airport, thousands of black-clad protesters jammed the terminal, chanting, singing and waving banners.
Scuffles broke out after an injured person was taken out of the main terminal by medics after he was held by a group of protesters. Some activists claimed he was an undercover mainland Chinese police officer.
Protesters also barricaded some passageways in the airport with luggage trolleys, metal barriers and other objects. At least two protesters were taken away by police.
The action at the airport followed an unprecedented shutdown on Monday (August 12). Hong Kong's Airport Authority said operations had been "seriously disrupted" on Tuesday and departing passengers had been unable to reach immigration counters.
The weeks of protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China and have swelled into wider calls for democracy.
Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.
The increasingly violent clashes between police and protesters have roiled the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong's stock market fell to a seven-month low on Tuesday.
(Production: Ronn Bautista, Juarawee Kittisilpa)
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