Hong Kong’s Airport Authority has obtained a High Court order for the continuation of the injunction granted on 13 August aimed at preventing further protests at the airport.
The airport, one of the world’s busiest passenger hubs and the world’s biggest cargo hub, was brought to a crippling standstill on 12 and 13 August after thousands of protesters forced the airport to shutdown all passenger flights.
The order threatens contempt of court against anyone violating the order, including blocking access roads, obstructing normal use of the airport facilities, attending or participating in any demonstration or protest in the airport.
The airport is still operating under the access control plan implemented for the terminal buildings until further notice the Authority says. Only passengers with a valid air ticket or boarding pass for a flight in the next 24 hours and a valid travel document, or airport staff with relevant identification document will be allowed to enter the terminal buildings.
Meanwhile, the protests in Hong Kong have continued, with a massive turnout last weekend, estimated to be at least 1.7 million strong, that was marked by an absence of any confrontation with police, giving credence to the belief that the protest movement is widespread, not simply a disaffected youth.