Battered Hong Kong policeman desperately draws gun on airport protesters as riot cops storm terminal

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THIS is the terrifying moment a cop drew his gun after rampaging protesters in Hong Kong airport started to beat him with his own baton.

Shocking footage shows the desperate police officer pull the firearm as riot cops clashed with mobs at one of the world’s busiest flight terminals.

The shocking moment the desperate cop pulls his gun in Hong Kong Airport
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The shocking moment the desperate cop pulls his gun in Hong Kong Airport[/caption]

Earlier he was seen towering over a woman he has knocked to the ground
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Earlier he was seen towering over a woman he had knocked to the ground[/caption]

On the dramatic clip, the officer can be seen charging towards one woman brutally hurling her to the ground.

Then as he menacingly leans over her a mob can be seen charging towards him before they start battering him.

Within seconds he is backed up against a glass partition and quickly overpowered.

His baton is then pulled from his grip and one man then starts to smash him with it.

The crowd only flees when he pulls his gun before slumping to the ground as fellow cops rush to his aid.

The gun drama followed an ugly incident in which young protesters mobbed a suspected undercover policeman and zip-tied his hands together.

It’s been reported the suspected cop had been “badly beaten up” and was in a “pretty bad way”.

Paramedics are said to have struggled to treat the man amid the crowd of angry protesters.

The riot cop was backed against a wall by the rioters
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The riot cop was backed against a wall by the rioters[/caption]

Rioters detained a man they believed was an undercover cop
Rioters detained a man they believed was an undercover cop

Cops in riot gear arrest a protester during the heated demo
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Cops in riot gear arrest a protester during the heated demo[/caption]

However, some reports claim the man is in fact a journalist who was on duty covering the protests for a news website.

Sky’s Stuart Ramsay has said the police’s arrival at the airport was “absolutely ferocious”.

He said: “They weren’t messing about when they came in, that’s for sure.

“They emerged, they came out really quickly and they were absolutely ferocious.

The airport has been the site of daily protests since Friday.

Videos on social media also showed passengers struggling to get through demonstrators, who were sitting inside and blocking departures.

Earlier sinister footage released by Chinese state media shows hundreds of armoured police vehicles gathering in a city on the Hong Kong border.

Convoys can be seen amassing in the city of Shenzhen, the only link between Hong Kong and the

Sinister footage shows a fleet of Chinese armoured police vehicles amassing on the Hong Kong border
The trucks were in the city of Shenzhen, the only link between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland

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The footage comes as protesters shut down Hong Kong’s airport for the second day in a row[/caption]

Chinese mainland, sparking fears they intend to cross the border and crush protests still escalating in the territory.

China says the fleet is preparing for a drill, but analysts have said the move is a “psychological warfare tactic”, the South China Morning Post reported.

This afternoon saw the fifth consecutive day of sit-ins at the airport, with protesters demanding greater democratic freedoms and opposing Chinese influence in the territory.

Officials were forced to shut down the airport for a second day in a row, and police are now reported to be using batons and tear gas to disperse protesters.

A statement on the airport’s website said: “Terminal operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted, and all check-in processes have now been suspended.

HEADING’INTO  AN ABYSS’

“All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible.

“Affected passengers please contact their respective airlines for flight arrangement.”

Officials were already forced to cancel flights yesterday when protesters stormed the main terminal.

Only a handful of remained through last night, with flights resuming this morning, but several hundred returned this afternoon and occupied the departure lounge.

The protests began in opposition to a bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China and has sparked fears that Beijing intends to target its political opponents in the territory.

Participants wore the black shirts that have become the signature of the movement and chanted: “Stand with Hong Kong, stand for freedom”.

Speaking before today’s closure, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned the territory was heading “down a path of no return”.

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Police are now using pepper spray and batons to disperse protesters at the airport[/caption]

The unrest is reportedly unfolding in front of TV cameras
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Officials were forced to suspend flights from Hong Kong airport two days in a row
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“Violence, no matter if it’s using violence or condoning violence, will push Hong Kong down a path of no return, will plunge Hong Kong society into a very worrying and dangerous situation,” she said.

“The situation in Hong Kong in the past week has made me very worried that we have reached this dangerous situation.

“Take a minute to think, look at our city, our home, do you all really want to see it pushed into an abyss.”

Ms Lam is part of a pro-Beijing camp that has been the dominant force in Hong Kong‘s legislature since the territory gained independence from Britain in 1997.

BRITS STRANDED

Among those stranded at the airport are British pop rock band The Vamps, who have expressed support for the demonstrations.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain today, guitarist James McVey said: “We’re very much pro-democracy, pro-protest.

“So we’re fine to sleep on the floor if it means people’s rights are listened to.”

Footage on social media showed one woman trying to get through a barricade set up by protesters and shouting that she needed to get home to her children.

She was told all flights had already been cancelled but insisted hers had not.

Xinqi Su, a reporter on the scene, tweeted that protesters had told her they were refusing to let anyone through because the disruption was minor compared to what they were having to sacrifice.

“It’s 2 months of blood and sweat, six suicides, 44 charged riot, ~700 arrests and one eye lost forever on one side, and inconvenience on the other side,” she wrote.

Protesters had also said: “The chance to amass and fight for freedom and democracy won’t come again like a rescheduled flight.”

FIFTH DAY OF AIRPORT PROTESTS

Today marks the fifth day that protesters have staged demonstrations at Hong Kong airport, with officials yesterday taking the unprecedented step of cancelling all flights.

Even before this afternoon’s closure, a backlog of cancelled flights from yesterday saw a large number of take-offs delayed or cancelled.

As well as the signature black shirts, protesters have worn bandages over their eyes in solidarity of a woman alleged to have been hit in the eye by a projectile fired by police during demonstrations on Sunday.

Images circulated on social media that showed the woman bleeding heavily from her right eye – which doctors now fear she may lose.

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Hong Kong airport protests – Demonstrators held signs and wore eye patches in protest after one woman was allegedly shot in the eye by police[/caption]

A protester holds a placard addressed to stranded travellers
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A women was allegedly hit in the eye by a projectile fired by police on Sunday
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UK band The Vamps, currently stuck at Hong Kong airport, said: ‘We’re fine to sleep on the floor if it means people’s rights are listened to’
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The doctor treating her told the South China Morning Post: “I can confirm her injury is really serious.”

The current Hong Kong protests​ represent the most significant disruption to the territory since demonstrations began in early June.

Hong Kong international airport is one of the busiest in the world, and officials said that yesterday’s demonstration had “seriously disrupted” airport operations.

What is happening in Hong Kong and why?

Protests have gripped Hong Kong since June 2019, sparked by highly controversial legislation.

If passed, the bill would give loca authorities the right to detain and extradite people who are wanted in countries or territories Hong Kong does not have agreements with – which includes mainland China and Taiwan.

That bill has been shelved for now – but the protests have evolved against the government amid fears of the growing control of China’s Communist party.

Protesters also believe their leader should be elected in a more democratic way that reflects the preference of the voters.

The chief executive, Carrie Lam, is currently elected by a 1,200-member election committee – a mostly pro-Beijing body chosen by just six per cent of eligible voters.

The protesters demands are the resignation of the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, an amnesty for those arrested and a permanent withdrawal of the bill.

Hong Kong, a former British colony in south eastern China, has long enjoyed a special status under the principal “one country, two systems”.

The Basic Law dictates it will retain its common law and capitalist system for 50 years after the handover in 1997.

The UK Foreign Office warned yesterday: “A protest at Hong Kong Airport on 12 August has resulted in the cancellation of all flights out of Hong Kong for the remainder of 12 August.

“The airport authorities advise members of the public not to travel to the airport.”

‘EYE FOR AN EYE’

Thousands of demonstrators carried signs that read “an eye for an eye” and “stop shooting eyes” as they shouted “shame on police” during yesterday’s sit-in.

China issued a strong statement in response, saying protesters had committed serious crimes and showed signs of “terrorism”.

Yang Guang, a spokesman for China’s Hong Kong and Macau affairs office, backed the police handling of the protests and said those who care about the city should come out against violence in a televised address.

Airline Cathay Pacific has warned it staff that they could be fired if they “support or participate in illegal protests” in Hong Kong.

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Today’s protesters at the Hong Kong airport gathered in the departure lounge
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Protesters want to see the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam
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Chief executive Rupert Hogg of the airline, Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, emailed today saying there was “zero tolerance approach to illegal activities” and there would be “disciplinary consequences”  that could include “termination of employment”.

Protests have gripped the region since June 2019, sparked by highly controversial legislation to detain and extradite people who are wanted in countries or territories Hong Kong does not have agreements with – which includes mainland China and Taiwan.

That bill has been shelved for now, but the protests have mushroomed into a broader backlash against the government amid fears of the growing control of China’s Communist party.

Protesters also believe their leader should be elected in a more democratic way that reflects the preference of the voters.

‘ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE’

The chief executive, Carrie Lam, is currently elected by a 1,200-member election committee – a mostly pro-Beijing body chosen by just six per cent of eligible voters.

Activists say they won’t stop until their main demands are met.

These include the resignation of the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, an amnesty for those arrested, and a permanent withdrawal of the bill.

HONG KONG HISTORY

Hong Kong became a British colony with the end of the First Opium War in 1842.

The British fought the war to preserve the right of the East India Company to sell opium into mainland China.

The establishment of the colony gave Britain control over a number of ports to which foreign merchants could deliver goods.

Britain obtained a 99-year lease for the territory in 1898, and relinquished control when that lease expired in 1997.

Hong Kong now operates as a semi-autonomous territory, with control over its own trade, tax, and immigration policy.

Under the terms of the 1997 handover, that status is protected until 2047.

What happens after then is currently undecided, but opponents of the Beijing government fear that China will seek to gain control of the territory.

 

Video footage of the demonstrations over the weekend showed plainclothes officers, who appeared to be disguised as protesters, making arrests as authorities face accusations of using excessive force and throwing teargas indoors.

In one clip, a man is on the ground as an officer wearing jeans has his knee on the protester’s neck as a pool of blood from his forehead pools on the concrete.

In another video, heavily-armoured police are seen shooting a pepperball at a protesters, knocking him down.

Man-Kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said: “Clashes between protesters and police over the weekend escalated to another level especially on the police side.”


Hong Kong, a former British colony in south eastern China, has long enjoyed a special status under the principal “one country, two systems”.

The Basic Law dictates that Hong Kong will retain its common law and capitalist system for 50 years after the handover in 1997.

A protester gets arrested as he bleeds from his forehead
A protester is arrested, bleeding from the head
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Demonstrators covered their right eye in solidarity with a woman who was shot by police
Demonstrators covered their right eye in solidarity with the woman shot by police
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Protesters stand behind a barricade made of airport trolleys
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The demonstrations have disrupted flights at the airport, one of the world’s busiest
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Protesters wave a Union Jack as they storm the Hong Kong legislature last month
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Riot police detain a protester on Sunday
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A protests throws back a tear gas canister fired by police
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Doctors treating a woman hit in the eye by a police projectile say she could lose it
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Hong Kong has been a semi-autonomous region since 1997, when a 99-year lease held by Britain expired
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