Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Hong Kong protest: ‘Undercover police officer’ seized by furious crowd – violence erupts | World | News


Riot police, armed with batons, shields and helmets, have arrived at the airport in attempt to clear the protestors who have staged a huge demonstrations at Hong Kong’s airport. Horrifying footage shows the riot police started beating people in the crowd and an eyewitness has said police were “absolutely ferocious”. It has also been reported that protestors have surrounding a man they believe is an undercover police officer. He is being kept inside a circle of people and has been cable tied.

The man is said to be struggling for breath.

Sky’s Stuart Ramsay has said the police’s arrival at the airport was “absolutely ferocious”. 

He said: “They weren’t messing about when they came in, that’s for sure. 

“They emerged, they came out really quickly and they were absolutely ferocious. 

“They were pumped up. They knew they had friends in a truck that was caught up – its wheels blocked by shopping trollies. 

“They moved in and had to clear those out. And then the snatching started. 

“We saw a number of people being taken away. I saw three or four but it’s got to be at least double that.”

Police cars continue to arrive at the scene as plain clothes officers started to take away protestors.

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According to Sky, there is a specialist police unit of plain clothed officers who are identifying people of interest. 

Today marked the fifth consecutive day of protests at the busy airport, and saw a second day of suspended flights.

The pro-democracy protestors have barricaded the departure hall at Terminal 1 and the entire Terminal 2.

The protestors first filled up the arrivals hall and then began moving to the departures area, despite increased security measures designed to keep them out.

They then used luggage trolleys to blockade the doors to customs checkpoints. 

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the ongoing instability, chaos and violence from pro-democracy protests have placed the city on a “path of no return.”

Following the escalation, the European Union has urged “all sides” to exercise restraint.

In a statement, an EU spokesperson said: “In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence, and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.

“It is now more vital than ever to engage in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders.”

Protests in Hong Kong began in June in retaliation to a bill which would allow extradition of its citizens to China.

The central government in Beijing characterised the protest movement posed an “existential threat” to local citizens.

The demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Ms Lam’s administration to respond to their demands.

Such demands include that she step down and entirely scrap legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China to face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

Ms Lam has since refused and said dialogue would only begin when the violence stopped.

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