Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport

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Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport

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Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport
Hong Kong police clash with protesters at airport. Reuters/T. Siu
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Dozens of riot police and pro-democracy protesters clashed at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night, after flights were disrupted for a second day in a row.

Evening scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police outside the airport after some protesters blocked several police vehicles. Officers with shields pushed back protesters near one of the airport entrances and used pepper spray to break up the crowd.

Police said they were trying to get in to the airport to escort an injured man to an ambulance who protesters detained on suspicion of being an undercover agent.

Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said operations at the airport, which is one of the busiest in the world, had been “seriously disrupted” by the demonstrations. The authority said protesters blocked passageways to the airport’s restricted area, blocking passengers from continuing to immigration.

Hundreds of flights were canceled or suspended at the airport on Monday and Tuesday after protesters staged a sit-in in the main hall of the airport, using luggage trolleys to stop passengers from passing through security gates.

Read more: Hong Kong pro-democracy movement: A timeline

EU urges restraint on all sides

The European Union on Tuesday called on all parties involved to quickly de-escalate the situation and establish talks to defuse tensions.

“In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation,” an EU spokesperson said in a statement.

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