Airport transport targeted

Local | Phoenix Un 20 Aug 2019

A human chain of freedom is planned on Friday, as protesters say their hand is being forced by the SAR government's continued refusal to meet their five demands.

As the anti-fugitive bill protests have morphed into calls for greater democracy, protesters also say they plan to paralyze transport to the airport on Saturday.

Netizens announced yesterday on the Lihkg forum that the human chain activity will be held at 7pm Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.

That peaceful rally saw two million Estonians, Lithuanians and Latvians holding hands to form a 600-kilometer chain demanding independence from the then Soviet Union.

Netizen "spring worm" urged Hongkongers to join "The Hong Kong Way" for "a peaceful and rational struggle."

The activity will see a 32.6-km chain of about 108,000 people holding hands on pavements joining the Island, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong MTR lines.

Another netizen "Snow in August" called for a "traffic pressure test" on the airport Saturday, with citizens riding buses, Airport Express, taxis and Tung Chung MTR line to the airport to overload the transport system.

Those with cars can drive along main roads to the airport, the netizen said.

The Airport Authority said it was concerned that some people plan different ways to obstruct the airport operation, so it is applying for an extension to an injunction order that expires on Friday.

The twin actions come after Sunday's peaceful assembly and march by some 1.7 million people, as estimated by organizer Civil Human Rights Front, despite a police ban on the march.

Speaking at the latest Citizens' Press Conference, a spokesman, surnamed Wong, said police assumption that any protests would bring risks to public safety was wrong, and the 1.7 million people marching showed Hongkongers' civility.

Yet, the government continued to turn a blind eye to protesters' five demands, as he warned this would force protesters to go back to their "valiant struggles."

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