UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Protesters wearing black, the symbolic color of the pro-democracy movement shaking the former British colony that returned to China in 1997, were flooded at Hong Kong airport on Monday.
Thousands of protesters welcomed incoming travelers with the slogan “Fight with Hong Kong, Fight for Freedom!”.
Most wore a symbolic black color, wore helmets or put on gas masks.
Many added a new device on Monday: a bandage on the eye or a tie in honor of a woman whose face was severely injured on Sunday evening during a demonstration.
The woman was hit by police projectiles and rumors that she had lost sight.
Her pictures spread quickly as she lay on the ground with blood bleeding from her face. Her image was also raised on banners calling for new demonstrations with the slogan “Eye for an Eye.”
“Hong Kong police are killing us,” one protester wrote, while another wrote: “Hong Kong is no longer safe.”
In English and Chinese, demonstrators wrote in red on the walls, columns and gates of the airport’s slogan “Eye for an eye.”
“The policemen are crazy and their violence is beyond their guidelines,” said protester Lau, 22. “Hong Kong residents should rebel and fear nothing.”
Some protesters said they chose the airport because they believed the police would not use tear gas with international visitors.
“The police will not behave unacceptably,” said 19-year-old student demonstrator Kelvin Liu.
-“Sorry for the inconvenience”-
On Friday, protesters began a three-day peaceful sit-in at the airport, where they distributed leaflets about their movement among incoming passengers.
However, the scene of the two was quite different and was very crowded.
By the afternoon, Al-Baha stores began to close, while volunteers distributed water and food to predominantly young demonstrators.
There were signs of surprise. Some were swiftly passing in front of information providers on the pro-democracy movement, while others were pausing to look at posters and artwork in the courtyard and to speak with protesters.
“I think they have the right to do what they do,” said Ryanon Colton, 33, from Australia. But she added: “I don’t know if they will get anything.”
Colton arrived in Hong Kong aboard one of the last planes to land at the city’s airport before authorities announced the cancellation of all flights.
“All flights were canceled, please leave as soon as possible,” he repeatedly shouted through loudspeakers. The screens displayed flight lists, but all were canceled.
Under one screen, a protester hung a banner reading “Excuse me for the inconvenience … but we are struggling to survive.”
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