Protesters rally at Hong Kong airport over extradition Bill

Protesters rally at Hong Kong airport over extradition Bill

Agency News

Hong Kong, Jul 26 : The agitation in Hong Kong is getting severe day by day as protesters on Friday kicked off a demonstration at Hong Kong International Airport to draw international visitors' attention to a controversial extradition Bill.

Armed with placards and flyers, hundreds of people crowded into the airport's arrivals hall to protest against police violence during the rallies, as chants of "Free Hong Kong" reverberated in the building.

They also called for an investigation into the police's apparently slow response after pro-democracy demonstrators and commuters were attacked by thugs at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station in Yuen Long last Sunday, CNA reported.

At least 45 people were injured in an unprecedented late-night violence at a Hong Kong railway station on Sunday, as a rampaging mob of men in white T-shirts attacked black-clad protesters and passengers indiscriminately. Stunning video clips circulating online and played on television screens captured the chaos and terror as passengers scrambled for cover.

"The world has been watching us in the past few weeks," said Jeremy Tam, a former pilot and lawmaker who helped organise the protest with other aviation sector employees.

"We simply believe that the airport is the most direct way for all tourists to explain what is happening in Hong Kong."

Police granted approval for the rally at the airport, but banned another protest planned for Sunday in Yuen Long. Organisers of this weekend's protest said they would go ahead with their march despite the ban.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday advised Singaporeans to avoid travelling to Hong Kong's airport and Yuen Long.(UNI)