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Hong Kong protests: Airport resumes operations after clashes; Trump says China moving troops to city

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14th August, 2019 13:24 IST

The Hong Kong airport on Wednesday resumed operations after chaos prevailed the previous night as protestors clashed with riot police, BBC reported. Hundreds of flights were either cancelled or suspended on Tuesday as protestors barred passengers from going through the security gates.

United States President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday that US intelligence had informed him about the Chinese government moving soldiers to Hong Kong’s border. “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong,” he tweeted. “Everyone should be calm and safe!” He further added that the situation in the city was tricky but called for it to be resolved “for liberty” without people getting hurt, according to The Guardian.

China has denounced the protests and condemned the attacks by what it has called “violent protestors” on a reporter from Chinese newspaper Global Times, The Guardian reported. China’s Hong Kong and Macao affairs office called the protests “near-terrorist acts”.

The protests had initially started against a bill that would allow extraditions to China.

On Tuesday evening, protestors faced riot police, who were armed pepper spray and batons outside the airport terminal. Demonstrators reportedly overpowered a police official who had forced a female protestor to the ground. Later, the airport authorities said they got a temporary injunction...

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