As the protesting in Hong Kong continues I have decided to keep updating on it. Some interesting things are going on there and I have a feeling it’s a preview for other things to come. I have a friend who lives in HK and while talking to him last night, learned a few interesting things. The demonstrator/protestors there have made a few discoveries from careful review of video footage and on the ground observations.
The HK police have mixed themselves in with the protestors to encourage violence than then sweep in to arrest. The under cover police can be ID’ed by the neon pink colored air filter masks and small chem lights attached to their bodies. Video footage reviewed showed when the riot police moved in to arrest or to fire off bean bag shots, the under cover “protestor” cops would wave the lights to identify themselves so they aren’t hurt. Even further confirmed when one of the real protestors got his camera in the right place at the right time and followed the undercover cops back around a corner and into a police bus. He confronted a few of them they walked to the riot cops and took off their disguise and spoke with the other HK Top Men. None would comment and would flew onto the bus to escape the recorder.
The protestors have also stopped scheduling their activities online now ( smartly) and just pop up. Also Hong Kong residents who travel to the main land are having their phones searched.
Lastly it is confirmed that Chinese Military is preparing to move into the city.
The protests followed another weekend of violent clashes across the city. Aggrieved protesters communicated their outrage over police’s shooting of an unarmed woman in the eye with a nonlethal beanbag weapon.
Flights resumed early Tuesday morning after Monday’s total shutdown, but another 300 flights had been cancelled, and Hong Kong’s airport authority warned that its express trains to and from the airport would run more slowly at 15-minute intervals. According to the latest local media reports, the Airport has now suspended check-ins for some flights, though at least some flights will continue. Both North and South departure gates at Terminal 1 have been closed, per an airport authority spokeswoman.
Rail operator MTR Corporation warned those checking in for flights at Hong Kong or Kowloon stations to get there two hours early to fight through the heavy foot traffic. As of noon local time, the Airport Authority said there were fewer take offs and landings as it worked to reschedule flights, per SCMP.
To compensate, China’s national carrier, Air China, is adding additional flights between Beijing and Shenzen, the Chinese city across the border from Hong Kong where the Chinese military continues to build up an ominous presence of soldiers and tanks. Three of Air China’s Hong Kong-bound flights were diverted to Shenzen on Monday.
Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have entered their 10th week, and neither side is showing any willingness to back down, with Governor Carrie Lam – whose popularity has sunk to an all-time low according to the latest poll – warning on Tuesday that the protesters’ violence tactics were pushing Hong Kong into dangerous territory, and accused them of trying to “destroy the rule of law.”
“Violence, no matter if it’s using violence or condoning violence, will push Hong Kong down a path of no return, will plunge Hong Kong society into a very worrying and dangerous situation,”she said, while Beijing once again condemned protesters as ‘terrorists’. She added that police have been following guidelines about using minimum force when dealing with demonstrators.
During a press conference with local reporters on Tuesday, Lam at one point appeared to be on the verge of tears, and delivered a heart-felt appeal for calm, SCMP reports.
“Take a minute to think, look at our city, our home, do you all really want to see it pushed into an abyss?” Lam said.
Donning black outfits and face masks (the unofficial uniform of the protests), demonstrated “Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom” as exasperated passengers scrambling to try and catch rescheduled and delayed flights. As many found their passage blocked, angry confrontations between travelers and protesters erupted. One woman was seen trying to break through a crowd of protesters at the northern departure gate of Terminal 1, shouting in near tears “I just want to go home!”
Foreign tour groups were perhaps the most inconvenienced: One Brazilian passenger said she had to pay a lot of money for a hotel room after her Shanghai flight was cancelled. “I know it is not the airline’s fault, but I just really want to go home.”
One protester, Anson Ng, insisted that demonstrators not “panic flee” like they did on Monday following “people spreading fake news” about a police initiative to clear the area.
Debbie Chiu, a 48-year-old housewife, returned to the airport at noon on Tuesday after joining the sit-in the day before.
She considered Monday’s protest a failure, saying police “tricked us.”
“The internet network was paralysed, and photos of riot police standing by in the restricted area were circulated among the protesters…We were scared and left.”
As the number of takeoffs and landings dwindled, the airport authority activated its emergency center to help deal with the crowds and help carriers clear their backlogs of flights.
Many in the HK business community worried that the protests would damage the city’s reputation. In a statement, Cathay Pacific Airways said the demonstrations had damaged Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.
Still, the protesters show no signs of slowing down, even as the PLA masses forces in Shenzen, creating the looming impression of a possible invasion.
Nearly two months after Lam shelved the hated extradition bill that sparked the protest movement, the protesters still have yet to see their demands met, according to the Guardian: The ‘full withdrawal’ of the extradition bill, an independent investigation into the police’s use of force at the demonstrations, and the introduction ‘genuine universal suffrage’.