HK Airport issues injunction on protestors 'unlawfully and willfully obstructing' airport
Airport Authority Hong Kong has obtained an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use of Hong Kong International Airport, according to a statement released by Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday.
Protesters use luggage trolleys to block the walkway to the departure gates during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. [Photo: AP/Vincent Yu]
"Persons are also restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest or public order event in the airport other than in the area designated by the Airport Authority," said the statement.
The airport has announced Wednesday the rescheduling of flights disrupted by protesters, a statement on its official website shows.
Travelers wait to check in for their flights at the Airport in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. [Photo: AP/Vincent Thian]
Protests, violent at times, have forced delays and cancellations since Monday.
The international airport has become a main site for unlawful rallies in the city, witnessing violence.
5 protesters were arrested for unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers, and possessing weapons during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night.
According to an official statement released by Hong Kong police, demonstrators detained, harassed and assaulted a traveler and a journalist, and also obstructed ambulance workers trying to take the two victims to the hospital. After police offered aid, they too were assaulted.
Online footage shows Fu Guohao, a journalist from Global Times, was seized by protesters while expressing his support for Hong Kong police. Fu had blood on his head when he was rescued and sent to hospital at midnight.
Fu Guohao, a journalist, expresses support for Hong Kong police, with his hands tied up, at Hong Kong International Airport, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. [Photo: Video screenshot from Global Times]
Two police officers have been injured as well.
Hong Kong police strongly denounced the violent deeds and vow to launch further investigation into the incident.
(Story includes material sourced from CGTN.)