Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Airbus A330 arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport

"All Hong Kong people with a conscience can see this clearly".

The video shows roughly two dozen armoured carriers apparently driving through the southern city of Guangzhou and other troop carriers leaving eastern Fujian province.

All departing flights were grounded as chaos engulfed the Hong Kong International Airport Monday, after thousands of pro-democracy protesters filled the travel hub to protest police brutality.

"Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today", the authority said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Air Canada said there are two flights daily from Canada to Hong Kong, one each from Toronto and Vancouver, and that it is monitoring the situation closely for any further cancellations.

"Firing at retreating protesters in confined areas where they had little time to leave goes against the purported objective of dispersing a crowd", Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong said in a statement.

It warned that traffic to the airport was "very congested" and the facility's vehicle parks were completely full. "We are an worldwide airport hub and it is also the trunk of Hong Kong's business".

China's People's Armed Police also assembled in the neighbouring city of Shenzhen for exercises, the state-backed Global Times newspaper said.

The rioting poses "a serious challenge to Hong Kong's prosperity and stability", Yang said.

Luxury fashion brands Givenchy, Versace and Coach have apologized after Chinese social media users lambasted the companies for selling T-shirts which listed Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as their own countries.

The fourth day saw a sharp rise in attendance by protesters after a woman was hit in the eye by a tear gas round at the weekend and may potentially lose her vision as a result.

The police noticed that some protesters were involved in extremely violent activities, and therefore they carried out intelligence-led operations and arrested 15 core members of the mobs on August 11 in Causeway Bay, the Hong Kong Island.

The large-scale protests in Hong Kong, China's self-governing territory, entered into their tenth consecutive week over the weekend.

Earlier on Monday, police showed off water cannons and specially equipped armoured cars.

Critics contend that defendants extradited to mainland China may not have access to a fair trial in the judicial system there and that Beijing could also use the law to crack down on Hong Kong dissidents.

Hundreds of people returned on Monday to the scene of some of the clashes to protest against the use of force.

The protests were sparked in response to a government proposal that would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to mainland China, but soon spiraled into a larger movement demanding more democracy in the semi-autonomous region of China.

"Protesters have been frequently using extremely risky tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging".

The protests have morphed into a broader bid to reverse a slide of democratic freedoms in the southern Chinese city.

Hogg said in a previous memo Saturday that Cathay Pacific must comply with the civil aviation authority's regulations.

Resident-led group Parents United of Hong Kong also issued an online statement calling the police's actions on August 11 "cold-blooded violence".

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