Hong Kong was hit by widespread strikes Monday that brought chaos to much of the city's transport network, including Hong Kong International Airport, in the most ambitious day of demonstrations since the movement began in June.
Here's what happened on Monday:
- Transport disruption: The day began with demonstrators disrupting major transit routes. Major subway lines were suspended or delayed as protesters blocked trains from leaving stations. Protesters also blocked roads and highways, including the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, a vital artery connecting Hong Kong island with Kowloon.
- Chaos at the airport: More than 2,300 aviation workers joined the strike, leading to the cancellation of 224 flights. Unusually long queues were seen in the airport check-in hall throughout the day. Air space and runway capacity were reduced by 50% for all airlines, according to an airline's internal memo.
- Direct action: Protests also took place in seven districts: Admiralty, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Tseun Wan, Wong Tai Sin, Mong Kok and Tai Po. Organizers also called for a general strike at Disneyland and the airport.
- Sectors on strike: Strikers included teachers, lifeguards at beaches, security workers, construction workers -- and almost 14,000 people from the engineering sector.
- Police fire tear gas: As the afternoon wore on, clashes between protesters and police broke out across the city and police fired tear gas in five districts. 24 people were injured.
- Official response: Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam gave her first press conference in two weeks, calling for an end to the violence. Police spokespeople also condemned protester violence.
- Biggest strike in decades: Monday's general strikes are believed to be the first of their kind since 1967, when a Chinese Communist Party-allied union instigated widespread labor protests.