United Nations urges Hong Kong to investigate excessive force against protesters

United Nations urges Hong Kong to investigate excessive force against protesters

As Hong Kong airport faces a second day of major disruption, a New Zealander caught up in the flight delays says travellers aren't blaming the anti-government protesters.

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

Meanwhile, Chinese military vehicles are gathering in Shenzhen, a city about 15 miles from the Hong Kong border.

Stranded travelers wait in the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Protesters rest on the floor of the arrivals hall at Hong Kong's worldwide airport following a protest against the police brutality and the controversial extradition bill on August 12, 2019. Many protesters left at the same time to avoid a rumoured showdown with police.

Some flights were able to depart and land earlier Tuesday, a day after more than 200 flights were cancelled.

"I very much hope that our own prime minister will be as outspoken as the prime ministers of Canada and Australia have been in defence of Hong Kong's freedoms", he told the BBC.

The initial primary opposition rejected a controversial extradition bill that would allow China to access fugitives in Hong Kong, but it's since expanded into a wider pro-democracy movement in which protesters have accused police of brutality and the government of ignoring their demands.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Hong Hong authorities to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned by global law.

He said the situation in Hong Kong is fluid and things could change quickly - especially in terms of flights.

During the weekend protests, website Hong Kong Free Press showed footage of one arrest that appeared to include officers in plain clothes pinning a demonstrator pressed to the ground.

"Black-clad mobsters have created an atmosphere of terror on the Hong Kong streets", the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

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

After an extended standoff when the man's mainland Chinese identity card was taken and checked, medics and Hong Kong police entered the airport to take the man away, sparking the clashes.

The protests were initially focused on a bill that would have made it possible to extradite people from Hong Kong to China, where the Communist party controls the courts.

What's called the Basic Law - Hong Kong's "constitution" since the United Kingdom gave the territory back to China in 1997 - is clear about when Chinese military can be used in the city.

"Sorry for the inconvenience, we are fighting for the future of our home", read one protest banner at the airport.

The airline, whose British heritage makes it a symbol of Hong Kong's colonial past, is also in a political bind.

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