Another night of violence for Hong Kong

Jimmy Sham

Two Chinese men, a suspected Chinese police officer and a Global Times reporter, were caught by protesters and tied up during the sit-in at Hong Kong Airport on Tuesday (Aug. 13), the Stand News reports.

The latest protest led to ugly scenes at one of the world's busiest airports where small groups of hardcore demonstrators turned on two men they accused of being spies or undercover police, and as desperate travellers pleaded in vain to be allowed onto flights. Property tycoon Peter Woo said in a statement on Monday that the protests had already forced the government to shelve the legislation and claimed that some people were using the issue to "purposely stir up trouble".

"They committed serious violent crimes under public gaze, which is horrific and chilling".

In a statement sent to CNN from Cathay Pacific's Corporate Affairs Department, the company said an officer was suspended from operating Flight CX216 on August 12, which flies from Manchester, England, to Hong Kong.

Now, protests have expanded across the city, with Hong Kong citizens demanding an investigation into police brutality, democracy, and overall political reform.

The huge social gulf between the handful of billionaires who dominate Hong Kong, economically and politically, and the vast majority of the city's population looms large.

China's tightly-controlled media are sending decidedly mixed signals to Hong Kong about these "exercises".

Separately, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the USA of inciting protesters to turn against the local government and Beijing, while commentary in Chinese state news outlet Xinhua accused protesters intent on "destroying Hong Kong's future".

The Global Times and the People's Daily ran a minute-long video compiling clips of armored personnel carriers and troop carriers purportedly driving to Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

Mr Trump on Tuesday said his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troops were gathering across the border.

These comments are also directed at poisoning public opinion on the Chinese mainland, reflecting deep fears in Beijing that the protests in Hong Kong will provoke social unrest among Chinese workers over the lack of democratic rights and deteriorating social conditions.

"Everyone should be calm and safe!"

Earlier Tuesday, Trump told reporters in New Jersey: "It's a very tricky situation. We'll see what happens".

"I hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets killed", he said.



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