In an unprecedented turn of events, riot police swarmed into Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) last night just before midnight to disperse thousands of protesters, resulting in numerous scuffles, but without the level of violence seen at other protests around the city.
The airport authority had, earlier in the day yesterday, cancelled all passenger flights into and out of Hong Kong. Freighter flights are understood to have been unaffected, but substantial belly cargo has been disrupted by the closures.
This morning the airport appears to be operating as normal, with its website showing most flights on schedule.
At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters, as they were said to be holding identity cards showing they were police officers from mainland China. Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti-government protesters during the unrest in the city, leading to an air of suspicion.
One of those attacked was a reporter for China’s state-controlled Global Times newspaper.
A policeman was also attacked and beaten with his own baton after he manhandled a female protestor and was surrounded by an angry mob, forcing him to pull out and point his service revolver at protesters. For video coverage of the incident see here (warning, contains some violence). Anger at the police has risen across the former colony for what many people see as police brutality in the way they have handled many of the protests.