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Old 12th Aug 2019, 09:48
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Hong Kong airport closed

Significant protest in terminal, ops disrupted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49317975
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 10:24
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Confirmed by the Aussie ABC and SBS new organisations:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-...tinue/11406806

Just wonder where this is going to end? Not well, I think! And what tourist in their right mind would go to HK at the moment?
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Originally Posted by WHBM View Post
Significant protest in terminal, ops disrupted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49317975
Traffic to the airport backed up for miles.

This disruption will take some time to sort out.
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 11:52
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Cathay is also under pressure from China, including a boycott campaign orchestrated by the Chinese press. It has already suspended a pilot and fired ground staff for alleged participation in the street protests.

Its crews flying into China are being warned that their phones and social media accounts are subject to inspection by Chinese authorities.

Cathay threatens to fire staff over 'illegal' HK protests
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 12:28
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The Hong Kong police certainly appear to be applying more aggressive tactics to the crowds, although we have yet to see ball ammunition. I see a problem with the reputation in Hong Kong of the police as they reduce themselves to a bunch of third world thugs

It took many years, perhaps 25-30 to climb out from the “Best Asian police force money can buy” status of the 1970s to a level of trust that the man on the Mong Kok omnibus could turn to. And they did so, and the only people that feared them in the early years of the 21st century were the villains.

Something has changed. In the last 20 days the HKP organisation has shown themselves to be trigger happy and ill disciplined, using dis- proportionate force against crowds that should and could have been pacified and dispersed by the methods that the HKP themselves devised and deployed in the 1990s.

Example. The 31st December celebrations each year with around 2 million on the streets, and all the police wear flashing teddy bear badges on their lapels. They were trained in crowd control to encourage movement of large numbers in the required direction, crown nudging, which they did with exemplary skill and control. No head locks, no rattan beatings, and certainly no anti personnel ordinance. These crowd control techniques were emulated by other forces around the world.

And now? These police live alongside the ones they are beating the brick dust out of. They are known, they are someone’s brother or neighbour. They will be despised and vilified for turning up at a prayer meeting in riot gear and escalating the (originally) peaceful protests of the youth of Hong Kong. The HKP have lost the psychological war in the first battle.

It will take many years for the police reputation to be regained. They have now joined the ranks of the police of dictators and third world despots who police for the corrupt executive and not for the people.
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 12:37
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Sorry to ask but was there an actual demonstration at the airport?
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 12:45
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Umm yeeesss.

Read the news and return to the thread please.
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 13:07
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-...train-stations

For the world to see, how can the police regain respect.

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Right you are

To be honest not covered as it should in the west IMHO
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It has been implied that the 'police' may actually be military from the mainland.
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Old 12th Aug 2019, 16:18
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Hong Kong airport authority set to resume flights Tuesday after cancellations on 4th day of protests

All flights not checked in Monday were cancelled amid peaceful anti-government demonstrations

Thomson Reuters · Posted: Aug 12, 2019 4:46 AM ET Last Updated: an hour ago

Hong Kong's Airport Authority cancelled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon because of anti-government protests, the agency said. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

The Hong Kong airport will restart flights starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday after it shut down operations when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied its main terminal.

Hong Kong cancelled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon, the agency said, as anti-government protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for a fourth day.

"Other than departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today," the authority said in a statement.

Traffic on roads to the airport was congested and car park spaces were full, it said.

A traffic jam soon formed on the highway leading back to Hong Kong's city centre, with some people walking in the sweltering weather.

Earlier Monday, Hong Kong police showed off water cannons that could be deployed in the case of future demonstrations, a development which Amnesty International has warned could lead to serious injuries if misused within the densely populated city's confined spaces.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 06:03
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Originally Posted by standbykid View Post
It has been implied that the 'police' may actually be military from the mainland.
- Given we are hearing Mandarin spoken by some cops that is certainly 'possible'.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 08:37
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Originally Posted by Load Toad View Post
- Given we are hearing Mandarin spoken by some cops that is certainly 'possible'.
I would up that possible to a highly likely and it looks like their are more on the way.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=udHke_1565656998

I fear this will not end well for many.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 09:50
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crews flying into China are being warned that their phones and social media accounts are subject to inspection by Chinese authorities.
That part is a scary as what is about to happen to the young kids .There are also some very disturbing news about surveillance cameras with face recognition software being introduced in various public locations at the moment in Europe ( e.g. France and UK) . The future is not looking good folks ...
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 09:52
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Seems like HKG is closed again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49330848


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I would up that possible to a highly likely and it looks like their are more on the way.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=udHke_1565656998

I fear this will not end well for many.
​​​​​​​Agreed.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 10:56
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Interesting question, CX are in a difficult position with pressure from the mainland government, what happens if it is felt by the HK people and supporters around the world they have been on the the side of the government and decide to boycott the airline in the future?
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I have been thinking how long till the Red Army rolls in “to restore order”. Would be the end of HK as we have known it.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 11:09
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Originally Posted by oceancrosser View Post
I have been thinking how long till the Red Army rolls in “to restore order”. Would be the end of HK as we have known it.

Vid of long lines of military trucks just over the Border, recently posted on Twitter.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 11:20
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Tuesday evening and protesters are still in place. I can't see this ending well.


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Old 13th Aug 2019, 12:44
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Originally Posted by oceancrosser View Post
I have been thinking how long till the Red Army rolls in “to restore order”. Would be the end of HK as we have known it.
The "Red Army" was the Soviet Union. This would be the "People's Liberation Army", coming to liberate us HKers from any ideas of unapproved thought or action.
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