- May 25, 2011
Askari na Raia wapambana katika uwanja wa ndege wa Hong Kong. Wananchi wa jimbo hilo wameendeleana maandamano ya kutaka utawala wa kidemokrasia
Raia wa Hong Kong wamekuwa wakiandamana katika uwanja wa ndege hatua ambayo ilizilazimisha mamlaka kusitisha safari za ndege
Katika hali ya kushangaza afisa mmoja ameonekana kupitia picha ya video akikipigana na raia na hatimaye kutoa bastola yake
Rais wa Marekani kupitia ukurasa wa wake wa Twitter ameandika kuwa Serikali yake imepata taarifa za Kiitelinjesia kuwa China inapeleka Wanajeshi katika Jimbo linalojitawala la Hong Kong
HONG KONG—Police clashed with protesters thronging Hong Kong’s airport late Tuesday, with violence flaring at the end of a second straight day of pro-democracy demonstrators overwhelming one of the world’s busiest travel hubs.
Without citing specific evidence, President Trump tweeted: “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
U.S. defense officials declined to confirm Mr. Trump’s assertion of a buildup of forces along Hong Kong’s border. One military official said Chinese authorities appeared to be wary of using military force to quell the unrest at the moment, cognizant of the possibly severe consequences from such a move.
Social-media accounts run by Chinese state news outlets published on Monday footage of mainland paramilitary police forces arriving in the southern city of Shenzhen, which abuts Hong Kong.
At the airport Tuesday, demonstrators seized two men they suspected of being pro-Beijing infiltrators, and witnesses said they were beaten. In both cases, paramedics had to struggle to extract them from the crowd.
“Everything is out of control right now,” said one 21-year-old protester. “This movement doesn’t have a leader; everyone does what they want.”
Outbound and inbound flights resumed Wednesday morning. Hong Kong’s airport authority said Wednesday it had secured a court injunction “to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully obstructing” the airport’s activities. Local police said Wednesday they had arrested five people for “offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, assaulting police officers and breaching of the peace.” They said two police officers were injured.
Tuesday’s escalation at the airport amounts to one of the biggest challenges to authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing since the beginning of the city’s summer of discontent. For President Xi Jinping of China, the conflict presents a thorny political dilemma as he grapples with a slowing economy and a trade fight with Washington just months before lavish celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Oct. 1.
A crackdown would spark international criticism and put Hong Kong’s fragile status at further risk. In a morning news conference, the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, choked back tears and warned that protesters were dragging Hong Kong into “the abyss.”
The day’s spiraling violence showed how volatile the protests are becoming. Hong Kong authorities have begun to respond more severely, with business leaders and officials offering stronger support to quell the unrest as it starts to damage Hong Kong’s economy and its global reputation as a safe place to do business.
On mainland China’s Twitter -like microblogging service Weibo, users showed footage of one of the men who had been beaten in which he appeared to be unconscious and breathing through an oxygen tube. Many users expressed shock and anger at the assault in online comments.
In comments earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Trump called the developments in Hong Kong a “very tough situation” and said he hoped nobody would be hurt or killed. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way,” the Republican president said.
A senior administration official said the U.S. believed Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong would depend on whether Beijing determined that local authorities had lost control of the crisis.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and China’s most senior foreign-policy official, Yang Jiechi, met in New York Tuesday morning. While the State Department didn’t reveal any details of the conversation, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the two officials “had an extended exchange of views on U.S.-China relations.”
At the airport, the day began with small numbers of black-clad and often masked protesters dotting the arrival hall, some playing the violin and singing. It ended with fierce fights, including one in which protesters grabbed an officer’s baton and began beating him with it until he pulled his gun and they ran off.
The airport suspended all check-in activity and advised people not to travel there as the protesters’ numbers swelled quickly late in the afternoon. Travelers who tried to pick their way through the crowds were shouted down and cursed at by protesters. A few passengers managed to push their way through.
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The mood turned uglier in the evening as protesters turned on a young man among them whom they suspected of being an undercover police officer. Protesters searched his pockets and said they found an identification card bearing a name matching one in an online database of police officers in Shenzhen.
At one point, some protesters suggested they would let the man go but others dissented. A handful of airport officials attempted to intervene but were rebuffed. A small group of protesters tied the man up and shuffled him around the stiflingly hot airport hall for three hours, chanting “Bear the consequences.”
Later in the evening a second man was seized by protesters and accused of being in league with the police. Although he was wearing a press jacket, protesters said he acted suspiciously. They detained him and emptied his bags, finding a blue shirt emblazoned with a slogan supporting the police and a business card of a member of a pro-Beijing organization.
Protesters surrounded him and beat him as he lay on the floor. The editor in chief of the Global Times, a pro-government Chinese tabloid, tweeted that the man was a reporter with the paper and asked the protesters to release him. A team of medics made their way to the injured man, who was hauled onto a stretcher and carried out him to a waiting ambulance.