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Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 09:50
A day of frustration and fear
By Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 09:50 By Staff Writer

Black-clad demonstrators use iron barricades and trolleys outside Hong Kong International Airport, hurling them at the police on Aug 13, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

It was another day of chaos and frustration at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday with tens of thousands of travelers left in limbo, struggling to overcome fatigue, anxiety and fear, as one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs remained crippled by a mass illegal sit-in by protesters. 

The situation was compounded by the protest turning into a brief violent encounter between protesters and police, and two visitors being assaulted by rioters before being rescued by police.    

Airport Authority Hong Kong, which runs HKIA, announced at about 4:30pm on Tuesday the cancellation of all outgoing flights, citing a serious disruption of airport operations while thousands of protesters continued to occupy the complex. 

Hundreds of passengers remained stranded for the second day.

Other travelers lost their cool, resorting to spats with protesters, complaining that their rights had been trampled upon.

IN PICTURES: Travelers bear the brunt of protests as flights canceled again in HK

Protesters occupy the Hong Kong International Airport complex  for the second consecutive day on Aug 13, 2019, turning to violence from 11pm. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

Radical protesters smash the rear window of a police car outside the Hong Kong International Airport after officers accompanied the injured man to an ambulance and sent him to hospital. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

A suspected Chinese mainland undercover police officer was badly injured by demonstrators. The police rushed to his rescue, carrying him off on a stretcher. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

Black-clad demonstrators use iron barricades and trolleys outside Hong Kong International Airport, hurling them at the police on Aug 13, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

Police officers drop to their knees after being attacked by protesters inside the Hong Kong International Airport. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

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