14th December 12:12 PM
Fiji Airways closely monitoring anti‑government protests paralysing Hong Kong International Airport
By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 14/08/2019

Fiji Airways says it is closely monitoring the situation in Hong Kong and assessing its impact on their schedule as chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti‑government protests have paralysed Hong Kong International Airport.

A Fiji Airways spokesperson says at present, they plan to operate today’s Nadi to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Nadi services.

According to the spokesperson, if this changes, they will reach out and advise guests accordingly through the contact details registered in their booking.

Hong Kong International Airport which is one of the world's busiest, has been the site of daily protests since yesterday.

It has become the latest focus of mass political unrest in Hong Kong that began 10 weeks ago.

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.

Many Hongkongers feared the law would be used by authorities to target political enemies and that it would signify the end of the “one country, two systems” policy, eroding the civil rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents since the handover of sovereignty from the UK to China in 1997.

The BBC reports squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight at the airport after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day.

Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid scuffles.

At least three men were mobbed inside the airport by protesters.

They were said to be holding identity cards showing they were police officers from mainland China.

Hong Kong police have admitted deploying officers disguised as anti‑government protesters during the unrest in the city.

But the editor of China's Global Times newspaper said one of those attacked was one of his reporters who was merely doing his job.

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