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Hong Kong on alert for planned airport protests

Hong Kong protesters have said they will disrupt transport to the city's airport following another night of demonstrations and clashes with police. City authorities responded by limiting access to airport transportation.

Using online messaging boards, Hong Kong protesters called for a "stress test" of the city's airport on Saturday, proposing various ways to disrupt road and rail links to the terminals. It would be the first major mobilization of the movement since city authorities announced a surprise concession to the protesters earlier this week.

In response, Hong Kong police in riot gear were reportedly stationed at the high-speed rail link to the airport on Saturday morning.

Hong Kong's airport ran a newspaper ad in the South China Morning Post urging demonstrators to "spare passengers further disruption."

The airport said the express train service would only run directly from downtown Hong Kong to the airport, skipping stops at other stations. Only passengers with flight tickets would be allowed to use the Airport Express train service.

Police have said they are on standby to mobilize and keep the vital transportation hub operating smoothly.

"The airport is an essential infrastructure catering to travelers all around the world," Lau Wing-kee, deputy airport district commander, told reporters on Friday.

7th September 2019

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