pcloudyn.png
Saturday November 16th, 2019 10:12PM

The Latest: Concerts canceled over Hong Kong airport protest

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local):

7 p.m.

At least three concerts by overseas performers have been canceled in Hong Kong as protesters forced the city's airport to suspend operations for a second day.

K-pop star Kang Daniel and Scottish band CHVRCHES both announced Tuesday that they are calling off upcoming events. American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin canceled an upcoming concert late Monday.

Kang's management office said the cancellation of a fan meeting scheduled for Sunday was because of safety concerns related to the protests, while CHVRCHES blamed "unforeseen circumstances."

The airport protests are the latest escalation in a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many in Hong Kong see as an increasing erosion of their freedoms.

___

6:35 p.m.

The United Nations' top human rights official has condemned violence in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and called on the authorities and protesters to solve their dispute peacefully.

A spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she was concerned by the recent "escalation of violence."

Rupert Colville said the UN Human Rights Office had also reviewed credible evidence that police are using "less-lethal weapons in ways that are prohibited by international norms."

Tactics by Hong Kong police have become a major issue for protesters.

The rights office urged Hong Kong authorities to investigate examples of officers firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters.

___

5:45 p.m.

Hong Kong's airport has cancelled all remaining departing flights for the second day after protesters took over the terminals.

The airport authority announced early Tuesday evening that check-in services for departing flights were suspended as of 4:30 p.m. Other departing flights that have completed the process will continue to operate.

It said it did not expect arriving flights to be affected, though dozens of arriving flights were already cancelled.

The authority advised the public not to come to the airport.

Some flights were able to depart and land earlier Tuesday, a day after more than 200 flights were canceled.

The airport's arrival and departure halls were blocked by thousands of protesters who were gathered in the airport for the fifth consecutive day. They are calling for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality.

___

4 p.m.

Thousands of protesters have returned to the Hong Kong airport and are once more threatening regular airline operations just one day after they prompted a full shutdown of one of the world's busiest transit hubs.

After filling up the arrivals hall, demonstrators are now streaming into the departures area despite increased security measures designed to keep them out.

The black-clad protesters held up signs to appeal to travelers from mainland China and other parts of the world. "Democracy is a good thing," said one sign in Simplified Chinese characters, which are used in mainland China instead of the Traditional Chinese script of Hong Kong.

One entrance to the immigration area was entirely blocked by protesters and arriving passengers struggled to get through.

More than 100 flights were cancelled as of Tuesday afternoon. Some flights were taking off and going through check-in as airlines worked through the backlog.

___

2:45 p.m.

Flights have been taking off from the Hong Kong airport as it works through a backlog of cancelled flights while a few thousand protesters have once again occupied the arrival hall.

Some flights Tuesday were still cancelled. It was not immediately clear whether they were affected by the current demonstration, as occurred Monday, when about 200 flights were cancelled and airport completely shut down amid a mass protest.

The airport authority said they were implementing flight rescheduling Tuesday. The authority urged passengers "to use public transportation and allow sufficient time to go to the airport."

Hong Kong has seen two months of anti-government demonstrations that have increasingly impacted day-to-day operations in the financial hub.

___

10:30 a.m.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has defended law enforcement actions after protesters prompted an airport shutdown with calls to investigate alleged police brutality.

Airlines early Tuesday were checking in passengers for flights, including those cancelled the previous day because thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators had packed into the airport's main terminal.

Demonstrators have called for an independent inquiry into what they call the police's abuse of power and negligence. Some protesters thrown bricks, eggs and flaming objects at police stations.

Lam told reporters that dialogue would only begin when the violence stopped. She reiterated her support for the police and said they have had to make on-the-spot decisions under difficult circumstances, using "the lowest level of force."

___

8 a.m.

One of the world's busiest airports was struggling to reopen the morning after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong's main terminal and forced flight cancellations.

Passengers were checking in for flights Tuesday morning in a sign operations were returning to normal, although protesters have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Chief Executive Carrie Lam's administration to respond to their demands.

About 200 flights had been canceled.

Passengers unable to leave on Monday were among those crowding in the departure hall.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News, AP Entertainment, AP Online Recordings News, AP Business
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests
Hong Kong's international airport has canceled all remaining flights for a second day after pro-democracy protesters took over the terminals
8:08AM ( 17 minutes ago )
The Latest: Spain dismisses migrant minors' asylum request
A senior Spanish official says an asylum request on behalf of 31 migrant minors made by the captain of an aid group's ship that rescued them at sea carries no legal weight.
8:07AM ( 18 minutes ago )
Indonesian firm cancels Chinese loan for its Trump project
U.S. President Donald Trump's son and his Indonesian business partner say a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing
8:05AM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Scrutiny of Epstein's death and co-conspirators intensifies
Amid revelations about Jeffrey Epstein's death, authorities have intensified inquiries into what went wrong at the jail and who could still face charges in his case
7:36AM ( 50 minutes ago )
The Latest: UN rights chief condemns Hong Kong violence
Hong Kong's airport has cancelled all remaining departing flights for the second day after protesters took over the terminals
6:41AM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump to promote turning natural gas into plastics in Pa.
Trump to travel to western Pennsylvania to showcase growing efforts to turn fracked gas into plastics
6:34AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war jitters
Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower amid anxiety U.S.-Chinese trade war will cut global growth
1:39AM ( 6 hours ago )
Report: Costs in most states exceed subsidies for child care
Report: Child care costs in most states exceed subsidies for low-income working parents
12:36AM ( 7 hours ago )
Questions swirl around Epstein's monitoring before suicide
Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has "serious irregularities" at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life over the weekend
11:21PM ( 9 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Comedian Andy Dick reports attack in New Orleans
Comedian Andy Dick says he was assaulted outside a New Orleans nightclub after performing in the French Quarter
3:21AM ( 5 hours ago )
Cosby lawyers ask appeals court to toss #MeToo conviction
A Pennsylvania appeals court questioned why Bill Cosby's legal team never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his latest lawyers fought to have his sexual assault conviction overturned
10:35PM ( 9 hours ago )
Epstein death puts renowned pathologist back in spotlight
A pathologist who testified for O.J. Simpson's defense in the "trial of the century" and helped investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. is now enmeshed in another high-stakes case
7:22PM ( 13 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
K-pop superstar group BTS will take 'extended' break
K-pop superstar group BTS is taking an extended break to "enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s," their agency says
12:08AM ( 1 day ago )
No chaos this time as Woodstock concert site preps for 50th
Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won't be your hippie uncle's trample-the-fences concert
1:34PM ( 1 day ago )
'Unity' march set for El Paso week after mass shooting
Latino groups say they'll march through the Texas border city of El Paso a week after a mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a gunman targeting Mexicans
11:14AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online Recordings News
UK court to hear bid to stop no-deal Brexit next month
A British judge has set a hearing next month for an attempt by opposition lawmakers to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit
6:35AM ( 1 hour ago )
Soldiers deliver gas as Portuguese truckers' strike bites
Soldiers are driving tanker trucks to distribute gas in Portugal as an open-ended truckers' strike over pay enters its second day
6:22AM ( 2 hours ago )
German investor confidence sags over trade conflict, Brexit
An indicator of investors' view of the German economy fell to its lowest since December 2011 amid concerns about the U.S.-China trade conflict, the chance of a disorderly Brexit and a possible competition among countries to devalue their currencies
6:18AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests
Hong Kong's international airport has canceled all remaining flights for a second day after pro-democracy protesters took over the terminals
8:08AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Indonesian firm cancels Chinese loan for its Trump project
U.S. President Donald Trump's son and his Indonesian business partner say a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing
8:05AM ( 21 minutes ago )
Malaysia finds body believed to be missing London teen
Malaysian police say rescuers have found the naked body of a Caucasian female believed to be that of a 15-year-old London girl who was reported missing more than a week ago
7:54AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Global stocks sink on trade war jitters, economic data
Global stock prices fell again over anxiety that the U.S.-Chinese trade war will cut global economic growth
7:49AM ( 37 minutes ago )
The Latest: UN urges Europe to take in 500 stuck migrants
The United Nations refugee agency is calling on European governments to urgently allow in more than 500 people rescued in the Mediterranean but who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take them.
7:45AM ( 40 minutes ago )