- Title: Hong Kong airport reopens amid warnings over anti-government protests
- Date: 14th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 14, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS WALKING THROUGH HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FLIGHT INFORMATION BOARD PASSENGERS LOOKING AT FLIGHT INFORMATION BOARD TRAVELLER FROM INDIA ASHISH CHOPRA STANDING/TALKING TO HIS FRIENDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRAVELLER FROM INDIA, ASHISH CHOPRA, SAYING: "There was no security at all and the airport authority I don't know what they were doing, they have taken money from taxes of the ticket, so they were responsible for security of the passengers but it was nothing. The airport authority was not visible, all the counter were simply closed, how can you close the counters?." VARIOUS OF TRAVELLER FROM AUSTRALIA, PHIL MCKOY TALKING TO AIRPORT SECURITY (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRAVELLER FROM AUSTRALIA, PHIL MCKOY, SAYING: "The protesters have one thing wrong, they should not be here doing it here, they should be having their protest in Hong Kong with the government with the police, whoever, not innocent travellers like myself we not to blame for this. It's not the protesters but at the end of the day we're going to start to blame the protesters because we are the one caught in the middle of the sandwich and you know what, I am already two days late getting where I'm going to be and that is costing me money.' VARIOUS OF TRAVELLERS/PASSENGERS PUSHING TROLLY AT CHECK IN COUNTER PASSENGER PASSING
- Embargoed: 28th August 2019 05:26
- Keywords: Hong Kong protests airport morning
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA001AS6UH53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hong Kong's airport resumed operations on Wednesday, (August 14) rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.
Ten weeks of increasingly violent clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters, angered by a perceived erosion of freedoms, have plunged the Asian financial hub into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Check-in counters reopened to queues of hundreds of weary travellers who had waited overnight for their flights.
Five people were detained in the latest disturbances, police said, bringing the number of those arrested since the protests began in June to more than 600.
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