Hong Kong airport faces new protests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Hong Kong is gearing up for several anti-government protests on Friday and weekend airport unrest, while there were no signs that demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city would ease as tensions between Beijing and some Western countries grew.

“They went to the airport by various means such as metro, buses, taxis, bicycles and private cars to increase the pressure on airport transportation,” the organizers wrote online ahead of a planned weekend demonstration.

The airport was forced to suspend operations last week and canceled or rescheduled hundreds of flights when police clashed with protesters.

Airport authorities published a half-page ad in major newspapers urging “Hong Kong’s love” and said they opposed actions leading to the airport shutdown and would continue to work to keep operations running smoothly.

The Supreme Court extended an order banning protests at the airport. Some activists apologized for the unrest there last week.

The protests erupted over a suspended bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to China. The former British colony was plunged into the worst crisis since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The crisis poses a major challenge to President Xi Jinping.

The unrest has widened to include demands for more freedoms, with concern over the diminishing rights guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” policy developed after the return of Chinese rule, including judicial independence and the right to protest.

The Canadian consulate said it had suspended the travel of its employees to the Chinese mainland, days after confirming the detention of a British consulate employee in China.

China said Simon Cheng, a British consular officer, was arrested in the border city of Shenzhen bordering Hong Kong. Beijing has accused Britain and other Western countries of meddling in Hong Kong affairs.

Friday’s protests include a march of accountants as well as a “human chain” in which protesters clutch their hands in different suburbs overnight.

“We have been classified as the most free economy in the world for almost 20 years,” lawmaker Kenneth Leung told protesters. Can we keep the rating? Both. It’s all over. Our core values ​​were integrity and honesty. We need to uphold our universal core values. ”

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