Airport operations normal while hundreds draw visitor attentionLocal | 9 Aug 2019 3:23 pm
Protesters began a three-day sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport today to take their messages over the extradition bill, demands for universal suffrage, and claims of police brutality directly to visitors, RTHK reports.
Extra security measures had been put in place, with those flying out of Chek Lap Kok advised to show their tickets and passports twice before being allowed to the check-in desks. Security checks were also being carried out on airport staff.
But it was in the arrivals hall that the black-clad protesters were gathering, just as they did on July 26 for a similar demonstration that passed off peacefully.
Hundreds had turned up by 2:00pm today, an hour after the protest began.
Leaflets explaining the reasons for the ongoing protests were piled up on the floor, along with signs warning that the police are carrying out "terrorist attacks" on people in Hong Kong and that visitors can expect to encounter tear gas during their stay in the city.
Protesters in masks wandered around the hall, displaying photos of the recent unrest, and one with a television screen strapped to his back to show people what is going on in the city.
"I think this will be more peaceful than rallying on the streets as the police can't use their force [here], for example tear gas, to control order," one protester told RTHK.
"We are not bothering [visitors]. If they approach us, we will be very welcoming and try to explain the situation to them," she said, adding that if people aren't interested they will be left alone to continue their journeys.
Aviation officials stressed that despite the protest, the airport was operating normally.