HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong riot police stationed Sunday at Central Station to prevent a new anti-government protest against air travel after a night of violent street collision in China-ruled territory.
Protesters have previously targeted the airport, occupied the arrival hall, blocked access roads, laid street fires in the nearby town of Tung Chung, and destroyed the subway station.
The Airport Express train, which carries passengers under the port and across a series of bridges to the airport built on reclaimed land around a remote island, only allowed passengers to enter Hong Kong's downtown area Kowloon Peninsula. said the airport authority.
And only people with airline tickets were allowed to enter the terminal. The bus traffic was affected.
"It is being demanded online to use fake boarding passes, fake airline tickets or fake flight booking information to enter the terminal buildings, and the airport authority reminds them that such behavior amounts to counterfeiting or uses fake instruments." an explanation.
One man, a 73-year-old retiree from Canada who traveled to Hong Kong, said he had no problem with the protests if they were "legal and peaceful."
"They are just trying to voice their demands. As a civilized resident, I think these demands are legitimate, "said the man, who just wanted to be identified as Chow, to Reuters.
Australian traveler Jody Paul, 55, who spent a week on vacation in the former British colony, said the protests had not affected her trip.
"It was beautiful – we did not see any of the demonstrators or any action. I had hoped for a quick look.
The violence has been in Hong Kong for more than three months at various times, so that life continued normally for the vast majority of the time.
But images of gasoline bombs and street collisions broadcast worldwide are a source of great embarrassment to Beijing just days before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on October 1st.
The Hong Kong government has already canceled one Big fireworks marks the day in further clashes. China, which has a People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong, believes in Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to solve the crisis.
Police have fired tear gas to disperse democracy-friendly protesters who dropped petrol bombs in two new cities on Saturday after pro-Chinese groups tore down some of the "Lennon walls" of anti-government messages. Elsewhere in the city, there were violent clashes.
The police condemned the violence, saying that there were many serious injuries in battles between people with "different views".
"They threw gasoline bombs at police vehicles and police officers and even tried to grab a police officer's revolver," a statement said Sunday.
The protests increased in June over the withdrawal of legislation that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. The claims have since expanded into demands for universal suffrage.
The demonstrators are angry at what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997 under the formula "one country, two systems" to guarantee freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.
China agrees to the agreement "One Country, Two Systems" and denies the interference. It has accused foreign governments, including the United States and Britain, of instigating the riots.
coverage by Poppy McPherson, Jessie Pang, Farah Master, and Twinnie Siu; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Robert Birsel