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Hong Kong flights canceled as mass protests resume – Axios

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Hong Kong International Airport has reopened, a day after a massive demonstration at the terminal forced authorities to ground planes — but hundreds of flights were still listed as cancelled, AFP reports.

Why it matters: It was the biggest disruption yet to the Chinese-controlled territory’s economy since protests began in June. Monday’s protest prompted the Chinese government to claim Hong Kong‘s uprising contains “sprouts of terrorism, ” raising fears China may use such language to justify a heavy-handed response, or harsh charges for those detained.

The big picture: Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, with about 1,100 flights daily across about 200 destinations. Authorities canceled all remaining flight departures Monday, after thousands of demonstrators packed the main terminal and bus, train and taxi exits, according to Reuters. The thousands of protestors dwindled down to hundreds as crowds dispersed amid rumors of impending police action, per CNN.

  • The cancelation came after riot police used tear gas on Hong Kongers in a 10th straight weekend of protests.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more details on the demonstrations and the reopening of the airport.

Go deeper: Podcast: Behind the Hong Kong protests

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