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Riot police attack Hong Kong airport protesters

Riot police today attacked the Hong Kong airport protesters, storming into their midst with batons and pepper spray.

CNN International reported, following the police operation that reporters witnessed at least four arrests and that officers appeared to be targeting specific people. To get through the protesters, police used pepper spray and batons to push back the crowd. According to an official statement from Hong Kong police, airport officials requested that the riot officers enter the airport to rescue a man who protesters had apprehended and accused of being an undercover police officer. The South China Morning Post also reported that the airport received a court injunction requesting police remove the protesters from the premises, though Hong Kong police did not issue an official statement to that effect and officers left without clearing out every protester.

Pro-democracy protesters shut down the airport Tuesday for the second day in a row, forcing administrators to cancel all flights, in a bid to get the China-controlled Hong Kong government to listen to their demands. Some protesters appeared to panic and target others suspected of working for the communist government after officials admitted this weekend that officers had dressed up as protesters to infiltrate the marches.

So far this attack today does not appear to be an effort to shut the protest down with violence. It appears that after extracting two men, possibly pro-China reporters, the police retreated, though the authorities are now limiting access to the airport, probably with the goal of starving the protest with a lack of new supporters.

A very sad messy situation. The Chinese want to impose its tyranny on Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s citizens want to remain free. The result are street protests that can only turn violent, one way or the other, because China’s government is very unlikely to back down.

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4 comments

  • Cotour

    And the protesters in Hong Kong are waving Americans flags and signing our nation anthem.

    https://youtu.be/BjhCrupkFqg

    When the Chinese move against the protesters with military forces with potentially massive deadly results, what will we do? What will Trump do? He is in the middle of wrestling the Chinese to the ground economically and does not like things to mess up his plans. The North Koreans are just shooting off missiles into the ocean, the Chinese are a very different kettle of fish.

    This has so much potential, and its mostly bad.

  • wodun

    We all knew this was going to happen eventually. Not a good sign for Taiwan.

  • wayne

    wodun–
    Good stuff.
    This was inevitable.

    Cotour–
    In response to your ponder–I fully expect the chi-coms to totally crack-down. They will kill whomever gets in the way. They don’t plan on becoming the next Soviet Union.(They want to rule the World, make no mistake.)
    As for Trump–in the case of China, I support any & all tariffs, and any other form of economic-warfare waged against them. (I’m otherwise a free-trader in general, but this is the new cold-war [been going on for some time now] and in war, all bets are off.)

    Q: I am very fuzzy on the details of the handover [circa 1999] from the British–is Hong Kong considered ‘Chinese territory’ now?

  • wayne

    ahh. Here we go….

    Mark Levin Audio Rewind – 8/13/19
    -Mark talks Hong Kong
    https://omny.fm/shows/mark-levin-audio-rewind/mark-levin-audio-rewind-8-13-19?t=79m00s

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