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    Hong Kong Airport Cancels All Flights as Protests Cause Disruption

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport have been cancelled on Monday, the airport authority said, after a massive sit-in inside the terminals caused severe disruption.

    "Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been cancelled", the administration said in a statement.

    All passengers have been advised to leave the terminal buildings "as soon as possible" and contact their respective airlines to change flight arrangements.

    The airport's online schedule showed the last flights complete the boarding. The Sky News website said the arrival flights that were already heading to the airport would be allowed to land.

    Photos published by local media showed thousands of mostly black-clad protesters thronging the halls, holding up placards that read "Please Do Not Come to Hong Kong."

    Protesters with protection gears face with riot policemen on a street during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. Police fired tear gas late Sunday afternoon to try to disperse a demonstration in Hong Kong as protesters took over streets in two parts of the Asian financial capital, blocking traffic and setting up another night of likely showdowns with riot police.
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    Protesters with protection gears face with riot policemen on a street during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. Police fired tear gas late Sunday afternoon to try to disperse a demonstration in Hong Kong as protesters took over streets in two parts of the Asian financial capital, blocking traffic and setting up another night of likely showdowns with riot police.

    Local police earlier used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse rallies in the city after protesters started throwing Molotov cocktails, injuring some officers.

    Protests began more than two months ago after a local legislature opened debates on a bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. After mass rallies, city's chief executive, Carrie Lam has declared that the bill was "dead", but the unrest in the city continued.

    As a result, over 500 protesters have been arrested, and almost 150 police officers have been injured over the past several weeks, according to Hong Kong Police Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-Cheung.

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