- Title: Hong Kong protesters plan to disrupt airport after night of chaos
- Date: 1st September 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS PASSENGERS ENTERING HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT POLICE STANDING GUARD IN TERMINAL SIGN READING (English/Chinese): "PASSENGERS ONLY" AIRPORT OFFICIALS LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS LEAVING AIRPORT TRAIN VARIOUS OF POLICE AT TERMINAL (LEFT) SUZI COGHLAN SPEAKING TO HER FRIEND (SOUNDBITE) (English) 54-YEAR-OLD TOURISTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, SUZI COGHLAN, SAYING: "Well, I think protesters have the right to protest for what they want to, as long as it's peaceful and civil, and doesn't inflict on everybody else's rights. But I think the airport is doing a great job. They are keeping people moving and keeping the cars moving out there. And it doesn't seem to be anything happening now." SCOPEL LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (English) 37-YEAR-OLD TOURIST FROM BRAZIL, JULIANA SCOPEL, SAYING: "Well I didn't have any problem coming in this morning. I came by train so they just check my passport, and my ticket boarding, so I had no problem at all." PASSENGERS IN TERMINAL FLIGHT INFORMATION BOARD VARIOUS PASSENGERS LOOKING AT FLIGHT INFORMATION VARIOUS POLICE WALKING IN AIRPORT TERMINAL VARIOUS PASSENGERS ENTERING AIRPORT EXPRESS SIGN READING (English/Chinese): "AIRPORT EXPRESS" PASSENGERS COMING OUT FROM ELEVATOR (SOUNDBITE) (English) 26-YEAR-OLD OUTDOOR GUIDE FROM THE UNITED STATES, SAM SCIBETTA, SAYING: "I heard that they plan to protest in the airport and they'd canceled flights. I used to live in Hong Kong and I have friends and families here and I heard that it is still ok to visit, I'm more interested than scared to visit the city." VARIOUS PASSENGERS WALKING TO TRAIN PLATFORM (SOUNDBITE) (English) 31-YEAR-OLD ADVERTISING WORKER JAMES FIFE, FROM THE UNITED STATES, SAYING: "To be honest I just come to the station six hours early just to make sure I get my flight, I'm not too worried about the situation, just timing, to make sure I get there, to get onto the plane." VARIOUS TRAIN LEAVING BLACK-CLAD PROTESTERS WALKING INTO STATION EXTERIOR OF HONG KONG POLICE HEADQUARTERS VARIOUS SIGN OF HONG KONG POLICE VARIOUS POLICE IN THE BUILDING POLICE CAR DRIVING PAST
- Embargoed: 15th September 2019 06:25
- Keywords: Hong Kong protest airport police security
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUTQLHJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Pro-democracy demonstrators planned on Sunday (September 1) to choke travel routes to Hong Kong's international airport after a chaotic night of running battles between police and masked protesters, the latest wave of unrest to hit the Chinese-ruled city.
Protest organizers have urged the public to overwhelm road and rail links to the airport, one of the world's busiest, on Sunday and Monday (September 2), potentially disrupting flights. People would begin gathering at 1 p.m. (0500 GMT), protest groups said.
The airport closed one of its car parks and advised passengers to use public transport, without giving a reason.
Trains to Hong Kong's international airport, which operated normally in the morning, were suspended as pro-democracy protesters threatened to disrupt transport links to the airport, The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) operator said.
A similar so-called "stress test" of the airport last weekend failed to gain momentum. Three weeks ago, some flights were delayed or canceled after protesters swarmed the airport.
(Production: Chantha Lach, Aleksander Solum, Xihao Jiang, Yoyo Chow, Angie Teo)
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