Hong Kong protesters effectively forced the airport to shut down

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Hong Kong protesters effectively forced the airport to shut down

By Mary Hui

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all departing flights scheduled to leave from this afternoon local time (Aug. 12) after thousands of protesters, clad in black, flooded the major transport hub in response to police actions over the weekend.

The airport demonstration began as a peaceful anti-government sit-in last Friday. But calls for more protesters to gather there came after police unleashed an unprecedented and at times horrifying amount of force against people rallying throughout the city yesterday (Aug. 11). By Monday afternoon, the airport’s arrival and departure halls were packed with protesters ceaselessly chanting slogans.

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