The Hong Kong airport says it will restart flights starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday after it completely shut down operations when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied its main terminal.
"Other than departure flights that have completed the check- in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today", the authority said in a statement on Monday.
In Washington, there is growing bipartisan support for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will require the US government to stop according the city separate trading status if its promised freedoms and political autonomy continue to be eroded under Chinese rule. "These have already constituted serious violent crimes and have begun to show signs of terrorism".
"One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy", said the statement, attributed to spokesman Yang Guang.
Although officially part of China, Hong Kong maintains seperate legal system, has its own borders and rights not provided to people living on the Chinese mainland. About 200 senior Hongkongers marched from the Hong Kong Police Headquarters to the Department of Justice before arriving at the Office of the Chief Executive.
The Chinese foreign ministry in Hong Kong declared that those remarks revealed the "dark and twisted side of USA psychology".
"I fear the government's flat rejections of this is just one more missed opportunity to try to cool things down a bit", pro-democracy lawmaker Fernando Cheung told Reuters after a daytime rally near the financial centre's business district.
A train station in Kwai Fong filled with smoke after about a dozen police officers fired tear gas inside.
"Members of the public are advised not to come to the airport".
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They fired tear gas on shopping streets and in subway stations, with protesters hurling bricks and spraying riot police with fire extinguishers and water hoses.
Protesters threw two petrol bombs, which police said injured an officer, and used flash-mob strategy, withdrawing when pressed to reappear elsewhere, to combat police.
In a statement, Cathay said it suspended a pilot from flying who had been detained while participating in a protest.
They began in early June in response to proposed legislation that would have required that Hong Kong turn over citizens to face trial by China's courts, which are firmly under the control of the Communist party.
The demonstration of specially equipped armoured cars came after another weekend of protests at Hong Kong's bustling worldwide airport and on the streets of one of the city's main shopping districts.
Protesters setup barricade on a street during a demonstration in Tai Wan on August 10, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. shares tumbled to their lowest levels in a decade as China hit out at the airline after its employees joined anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong. "I feel like if I don't come out now, I can't come out ever", said Hilary Lo, an accounting firm worker, according to The Guardian. "Hong Kong has reached an inflection point where all those who are concerned about Hong Kong's future must say "no, ' to law breakers and 'no" to those engaged in violence".
China is the main diplomatic ally and economic benefactor of isolated North Korea, which has been under worldwide sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile development.
"The Chinese side seriously urges the United Kingdom to stop its interference in China's internal affairs and stop making random and inflammatory accusations on Hong Kong", she said, adding that Hong Kong was no longer a British colony and Britain has no supervisory rights.