Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled departing flights, as anti-government protests in its main terminal continue for a fourth day. Thousands are gathered at the airport, which is one of the world’s busiest.
In a statement, officials said operations had been “seriously disrupted” by the public assembly. Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were caught on film firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range.
Some protesters are wearing bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile.
In a statement on Monday, Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said more than 100 flights will now not depart.
Hong Kong’s mass demonstrations and unrest show no sign of abating, more than two months after they were sparked by a controversial extradition bill. Although the government has now suspended the bill, demonstrators want it to be fully withdrawn.
Beijing officials have strongly condemned Sunday’s violence and linked violent protesters to “terrorism”.