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In photos: Hong Kong airport protests turn violent after standoff over suspected undercover officer

In photos: Hong Kong airport protests turn violent after standoff over suspected undercover officer

A Hong Kong policeman falls backwards as officers scuffle with protesters during demonstrations at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Hong Kong witnessed scenes of unprecedented violence at its international airport when protesters clashed with riot police on Tuesday (Aug 13) night, after a standoff over a man accused of being an undercover officer.

An unidentified man is shouted at by protesters during a demonstration at Hong Kong's International Airport on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Fong)
A protester pours water on a detained man, who protesters claimed was a police officer from mainland China, during a demonstration at the airport in Hong Kong on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

Protesters confronted and detained the man for several hours before the police arrived to help escort him to an ambulance.

A medical staffer helps a detained man, who protesters claimed was a police officer from mainland China, during a demonstration at the airport in Hong Kong on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)
An injured man is taken away by paramedics at Hong Kong’s international airport, late on August 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Medics remove an injured man who protesters said was an undercover police officer at the airport in Hong Kong, Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter) Medics remove an injured man who anti-government protesters said was an undercover policeman at the airport in Hong Kong, China August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Riot police arrive at the airport during a mass anti-extradition Bill demonstration in Hong Kong, Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu) Riot police arrive to the airport during a mass anti-extradition bill demonstration in Hong Kong, China, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition Bill protesters at the Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)
Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition Bill protesters during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong, China, on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
Riot police use pepper spray to disperse anti-extradition bill protesters during a mass demonstration at Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong, China, on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Police detain a protester at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Protesters block the entrance to the airport terminals after a scuffle with police at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Police clash with anti-government protesters at the airport in Hong Kong, China, on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Shortly before midnight, protesters also surrounded another man they accused of pretending to be a journalist, tied his hands together using cable ties and later assaulting him.

The man was later identified as a Global Times reporter by the editor-in-chief of the publication.

A t-shirt that reads I love Hong Kong police is found in the bag of Fu Guohao, a reporter for Chinese media website Global Times on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu) A tee shirt where it reads ”I love Hong Kong police” is found in the bag of Fu Guohao (C), reporter of Chinese media Global Times website, during a mass demonstration at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong, China, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
An injured man who was suspected by protestors of being a Chinese spy is taken away by paramedics on a stretcher at Hong Kong’s international airport, late on August 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

The violence capped another day of demonstrations at the airport, which saw hundreds of flights cancelled or suspended for a second straight day.

READ:  Hong Kong flights disrupted for a second day amid protests

All check-ins were cancelled on Tuesday afternoon, with some flights continuing to operate for the rest of the day.

A tourist gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by protesters at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Wong)

Flag carrier Cathay Pacific urged passengers to postpone non-essential travel on Tuesday and Wednesday.

READ: Scoot offers full refund, rebooking options for those flying between Hong Kong and Singapore

Source: CNA/dt

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