Vilnius protests diplomats scuffled pro-Hong Kong supporters

Vilnius protests diplomats scuffled pro-Hong Kong supporters

Travellers wait in the terminal of Hong Kong's worldwide airport after a train service linking it to the city was cancelled due to pro-democracy protesters.

Demonstrators blocked roads and disrupted public transportation leading to Hong Kong's worldwide airport, while others targeted the subway system, tearing out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras. Video of the incident also showed protestors being backed into train cars and being pepper-sprayed in the face while trying to shield themselves.

The unrest began in mid-June, fuelled by anger over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed people in the city to be sent to China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.

They attempted to evade police by moving quickly between stations.

The strike on Monday was planned as a continuation of almost three months of fiery anti-government protests in Hong Kong, where mass demonstrations have called for electoral reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct.

"If we disrupt the airport, more foreigners will read the news about Hong Kong", mentioned one 20-year-old protester, asking to not be named.

Protesters in Hong Kong have piled barriers and other debris across a commercial street and set small fires after a retreat from outside government headquarters. Police confirmed the arrests of lawmakers Au and Tam for their roles in "obstructing" officers when riot police cleared protesters from the streets of the densely populated Mong Kok neighbourhood on July 7-8.

Pro-democracy groups have been calling on junior and senior high school students to boycott their classes once a week in a show of defiance toward the government.

"We are willing to give up our dignity just to beg the society to change", said Thomas Loh, one of the students who helped organise the class boycott at his school.

The standing committee of China's legislature ruled on August 31, 2014, that Hong Kong residents could elect their leader directly, but that the candidates would have to be approved by a nominating committee.

The ongoing unrest represents the biggest threat to Beijing's oversight of Hong Kong since the return to Chinese rule in 1997, and is a geopolitical embarrassment for President Xi Jinping as his government gets set to celebrate 70 years of communist rule on October 1.

Protestors demonstrate in front of the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong, China September 1, 2019.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated the central government's support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and her government.

Ho is "so cool", a protester at a recent anti-sexual violence rally said, adding "she sacrificed everything" for her beliefs. Officers struck back with tear gas, baton charges and water cannon laced with chemical dye.

Protesters celebrate after setting fire to a makeshift barricade on Saturday. They didn't come today, but their grandmother did.

Beijing has repeatedly condemned the protesters and described their actions as "close to terrorism".

The meeting was one of a number of "closed-door sessions" that Lam said she has been doing "with people from all walks of life" in Hong Kong.

"By going to the protests together, I feel like our relationship is getting stronger and stronger", said Yan Ng, a 23-year-old employee of a public relations firm who has attended multiple protests over the past few months with her boyfriend.

The disruptions capped off a weekend featuring some of the worst violence in three months of anti-government protests.

Ronny Tong, a member of Lam's advisory Executive Council, said in an interview on Friday that many Hong Kongers want to see demonstrators punished for the more violent protests that have occurred throughout the ongoing unrest.

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