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Cathay Falls as It Draws China Wrath Over Hong Kong Protests

Cathay Falls as It Draws China Wrath Over Hong Kong Protests

The protesters, meanwhile, have flooded the city's airport, causing all flights from Hong Kong to be cancelled.

Meanwhile, the city's flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways on August 10 said it suspended one pilot for "rioting", and dismissed two ground staff for leaking travel information for a Hong Kong police soccer team who were due to fly to China.

Hong Kong's radical demonstrators have repeatedly used extremely risky tools to attack police officers, which already constitutes a serious violent crime, and also shows the first signs of terrorism emerging.

"Water cannons are not a toy for the Hong Kong police to deploy as a sign of strength", Man-kei Tam, the group's Hong Kong director, said in a statement.

Around 1 p.m., hordes of people began to converge at the airport, and by 3 p.m., the arrival lobby was jampacked with protestors, forcing the Hong Kong airport authority to limit the number of departure and arrival flights, beginning at 6 p.m., Liberty Times reported.

Elsewhere, two petrol bombs were thrown at police and at least one officer suffered burns. Others hurled taunts and rocks, and shone laser pointers at officers' faces until squads of riot police pushed forward, dousing the crowd with tear gas.

What began as opposition to a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to mainland China to stand trial in the Communist Party-controlled courts evolved into calls for greater democracy in Hong Kong.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city to demand the extradition bill be pulled.

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Increasingly restive protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing.

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Hong Kongers made a decision to take to the streets day and night because their democratic system has been greatly eroded, and problems generated by ineffective government and an out-of-control police force can not be addressed through the political system, he said.

Protesters, however, said they would continue with such provocative actions, because it was proving effective in rattling the government and wining the support of Hong Kong residents.

"The United Kingdom has no sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right of supervision over Hong Kong".

"Carrie Lam is now spreading lies and blaming us for destroying Hong Kong's economy".

At one railway station, riot police fired tear gas into the enclosed space and were caught on film using batons to beat protesters as they tried to flee down an escalator to another station.

China's aviation authority had earlier demanded the airline suspend staff members involved in the protests.

They also accused protesters of throwing gasoline bombs.

Speaking to CNN at the airport Monday, Patsy Ko said the images from Sunday evening were the catalyst for her joining the protests there - her first time taking part in the anti-government demonstrations.

"It's a mistake that the British government called Hong Kong Chief Executive directly to exert pressure", she said.

Eve Lui (呂天忻), who represents Hong Kong Higher Institutions International Affairs Delegations, said Taiwan has witnessed how Hong Kong has fallen from a free and democratic state into an undemocratic one since 1997.