HONG KONG – ALL departures at the Hong Kong International Airport were cancelled Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption.
Passengers are being told not to travel to the airport – one of the world’s busiest transport hubs.
In a statement, officials blamed “seriously disrupted” operations.
Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range, the BBC is reporting.
The BBC reported that some protesters wore bandages over their eyes. This was in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile.
In a statement on Monday, Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in.
More than 160 flights scheduled to leave after p.m. local time will now not depart.