Clashes again in Hong Kong even as flights resume

Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters who had gathered outside a police station in the residential area of Sham Shui Po in Kowloon on Wednesday (August 14).
Police fire tear gas at anti-extradition bill protesters during clashes in Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong on Aug 14, 2019.
Police fire tear gas at anti-extradition bill protesters during clashes in Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong on Aug 14, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

Police and protesters were again clashing on the streets in Hong Kong late yesterday, with riot officers firing tear gas almost immediately as their response to demonstrators toughens.

Flights resumed yesterday at the Hong Kong International Airport, which is one of the world's busiest, after two days of disruptions.

Thousands of protesters have occupied the airport for days, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of departures on Monday and Tuesday.

China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office called the behaviour at the airport no different from terrorism, and said it must be severely punished.

Protesters issued apologies seeking the international public's sympathy and forgiveness. Some even apologised to the police force.

Ten weeks of increasingly violent confrontations between the police and protesters have plunged the city into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline 'Clashes again in HK even as flights resume'. Print Edition | Subscribe