Flights resume after second night of chaos at Hong Kong airport
Tensions ran high at Hong Kong's airport Tuesday as protesters and riot police faced off.
Police started retreating, moments ago — but if you're just tuning in now, here's what you need to know:
- Massive protests: For the second day in a row, protesters flooded Hong Kong's airport. Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.
- Alleged undercover police officer: The protesters held a man for several hours, accusing him of being an undercover police officer. The man was seen surrounded by chanting protesters and appeared to lose consciousness. He was eventually successfully evacuated by paramedics.
- Clash with police: Late Tuesday night local time, buses of riot police arrived at the airport and clashed with protesters.
- What do the protesters want? Today's protests are the latest in an ongoing series, sparked in early June by a proposed law that would allow for people to be extradited into mainland China's opaque justice system. The bill has been suspended, but not withdrawn.
Police are now heading out from the airport. The tactical squad were the last officers left — and they're retreating now, too.
There's a heavy police presence outside Hong Kong's airport, including the special tactical squad.
Cops in black are carrying weapons, as protesters are blockaded inside. Essentially, reporters police are outside airport, while protesters and tourists inside.
Here's a look at the scene:
The European Union is urging “all sides” to exercise restraint amid growing tensions and unrest in Hong Kong.
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.”
The statement continued:
“It is now more vital than ever to engage in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders.”
Protesters at the Hong Kong international airport are now attempting to block the police buses outside of the airport, CNN teams on the ground report.
Police in riot gear are now outside the airport entrance as well.
A man accused of being an undercover police officer by protesters has been successfully evacuated by paramedics to an ambulance outside the airport.
Watch the man be evacuated:
The arrival of police at Hong Kong airport briefly broke the stand-off between protesters and paramedics surrounding a man accused of being an undercover officer.
The man was earlier surrounded by chanting protesters and appeared to lose consciousness. Paramedics tried to get him treatment but protesters refused to allow him to leave.
Protester lines broke upon the arrival of police, allowing paramedics to move the man towards the exit.
Protesters seemed divided earlier on whether to let the man go.
“Hong Kong people are in a very very dangerous moment, some things in front of you may look crazy but we have no choice,” one 35-year-old protester named Max said.
“It’s just like war, we’re fighting for our future.”
Watch the video of paramedics trying to get out: