- Hong Kong protesters forced one of the world’s busiest airports to halt its flights Monday.
- Protesters were responding to reports of police brutality used against demonstrators Sunday.
- The demonstrations were against a bill that would allow certain extraditions to mainland China.
Thousands of protesters forced the cancellation of more than 150 flights at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday.
All afternoon flights — including about 150 departures and two dozen arrivals — were canceled, the airport said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
The airport added that the protest “seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today,” and a Hong Kong official called the demonstration “an illegal assembly.”
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Demonstrators at the airport were expressing outrage over the way police responded to Sunday protests using excessive force and teargas in an enclosed subway station in Kwai Fong and in the shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Protesters used the phrase “an eye for an eye” after a women was reportedly shot in the eye by police, the South China Morning Post reported. (RELATED: Leader Of Hong Kong Apologizes To Protesters After Halting Extradition Bill)
Beijing warns the Hong Kong protests are showing “signs of terrorism” and authorities must strike them down “without weakness and sympathy” #香港
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Witnesses reported police disguising themselves as protesters and before bombarding demonstrators with hidden batons and guns loaded with rubber bullets.
One video appears to show police pushing a protester into a pool of blood while he yells, “I’ve already been arrested. Don’t do this, I’m begging you.”