HONG KONG — Hong Kong police managed to prevent anti-government protesters from paralyzing the airport on Saturday, while protesters blocked off a main road and burned a barricade near Mong Kok police station.
Police checked for tickets and passports to allow only airline passengers through to the airport to avoid the chaos of last weekend, when activists blocked approach roads, threw debris on to train tracks and trashed the MTR subway station in the nearby new town of Tung Chung.
Protesters also occupied the arrivals hall last month, halting and delaying flights, amid a series of clashes with police.
More than three months of protests have at times paralyzed parts of Hong Kong, a major Asian financial hub, amid running street battles between protesters and police.
On Friday night hundreds of demonstrators, many masked and dressed in black, vandalized MTR metro stations in the Mong Kok district and set fire in a major thoroughfare. The Hong Kong government condemned the violent acts.
Protesters gathered in Mong Kok again after nightfall on Saturday, setting fire near the police station. Police conducted dispersal operation and took away some of the radical protesters at around 9 pm.
9 pm Police conduct dispersal operation
Riot police started to disperse radical protesters in Mong Kok and Prince Edward. Some protesters were seen taken away by police.
8:50 pm Radical protesters set fire near police station
Radical protesters set fire near the police station on Prince Edward Road West, Prince Edward during an illegal protest, Hong Kong, Sept 7, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
8:44 pm Police warn protesters to stop illegal acts
Some protesters surrounded the Mong Kok Police Station, aiming laser beams at police officers. They set up barricades, occupied the carriageways and caused serious obstruction to traffic. The report room services of Mong Kok Police Station were temporarily suspended.
The police warn the protesters to stop their illegal acts and to leave immediately.
5:45 pm Metro station facilities vandalized by radical protesters
4 pm Police warn protesters in illegal assembly to disperse
Police deployed at Tung Chung MTR Station urged protesters taking part in an unlawful assembly to leave immediately.
3:52 pm Tung Chung Line train service adjusted
As crowds gathered in Tung Chung Station and the surrounding areas, train service on the Tung Chung Line has been adjusted to 15-minute intervals, according to a statement issued by the MTR Corporation.
Heavy police presence is seen at the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, Sept 7, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)
3 pm Heavy police presence at IFC
Heavy police presence was seen at the International Finance Centre, where travelers could get the train to the airport.
As a precaution, express train service ran from the station directly to the airport, skipping all stations in-between. Only those with flight tickets can enter the terminals, airport officials said.
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