Three-day protest kicks off at Hong Kong airport
Authorities at Chek Lap Kok airport implement ‘extra security measures’ as fresh wave of protests begins.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the government will not make any concessions to appease the protesters, hours after pro-democracy activists kicked off three days of rallies at Hong Kong’s airport, hoping to win international support from arriving passengers as the protests that have rocked the city enter the third month.
“As far as political solutions is concerned, I don’t think we should make concessions just to silence these violent protesters; we should do what is right for Hong Kong … that is stop the violence so that we can move on,” Lam told reporters during a news conference on Friday.
Those comments came as hundreds of demonstrators, mostly wearing black shirts, started to gather at the arrival area of Chek Lap Kok Airport earlier on Friday – the second time they brought their message to the international travel hub.
Demonstrators promoted it on social media with a mock boarding pass reading “HK to freedom” and “warm pick-up to guests to HK”.
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First launched in April, the protests began in opposition to a plan to allow extradition to mainland China, but have since morphed into a broader movement seeking to reverse a slide in freedoms in the city.
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