Hong Kong airport suspends all check-ins

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Authorities at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday suspended all departure check-ins after protesters blocked the facility for a second day, but some flights were still arriving and taking off.

Some passengers challenged protesters over the delays as tempers began to fray.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the city's recovery from protests that have swept the Asian financial hub could take a long time and that she would be responsible for rebuilding its economy "after the violence eases".

An anti-extradition bill protester offers an apology to passengers blocked from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong worldwide airport, in Hong Kong China August 13, 2019.

At Hong Kong airport, operations resumed early on Tuesday morning, a day after thousands of protesters converged on it.

So far, more than 160 outbound flights have been cancelled, with more expected to continue if the protests don't cease soon.

China's comments on Monday about "sprouts of terrorism" emerging in Hong Kong are not helpful and risk inflaming the situation, her spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

Hong Kong was promised certain democratic rights when China took over the then-British colony in 1997, but in recent years, some have accused Beijing of steadily eroding their freedoms.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has issued a statement calling on Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint and to investigate incidents involving tear gas fired at the protesters. Beijing likened the demonstrations in Hong Kong to terrorism.

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On Monday a crowd that police said numbered 5,000 filled the building to denounce what they said were violent tactics by police in trying to quell weekend rallies. Hong Kong's stockmarket fell to a seven-month low on Tuesday.

Ms Carroll said she was at the airport express train terminal in the city when she first heard about Monday's flight disruptions.

"Democracy is a good thing", said one sign in Simplified Chinese characters, which are used in mainland China instead of the Traditional Chinese script of Hong Kong.

In a statement sent to CNN from Cathay Pacific's Corporate Affairs Department, the company said an officer was suspended from operating Flight CX216 on August 12, which flies from Manchester, England, to Hong Kong.

Passengers are also allowed to change to other flights to southern China cities free of charge.

As evening fell, protesters at the airport surrounded a man who they suspected to be a Chinese policeman.

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted out an alert on turmoil in Hong Kong, saying China is massing troops on the border.

The official state news agency Xinhua said in a commentary Tuesday that "violent radicals" were pushing Hong Kong into an "abyss".

There were no reports of JTB clients stranded in Hong Kong on Monday, she added, although some were late in getting home.

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