1. HONG KONG AIRPORT CANCELS ALL DEPARTING FLIGHTS
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.
2. PARAMILITARY FORCES ASSEMBLE IN SHENZHEN
Amidst fears that the Tienanmen Square massacre could be repeated as protests in Hong Kong continue into their tenth week, a newly-released video shows China’s paramilitary forces amassing dozens of military vehicles in the neighbouring city of Shenzhen.
In a video obtained and released by Chinese state-owned media website Global Times, dozens of military trucks and over a dozen Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) can be seen assembling in Shenzhen — less than 30km from Hong Kong — for military ‘exercises’.
The Global Times reported that the People’s Armed Police (PAP) “have been assembling in Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong, in advance of apparent large-scale exercises” based on the video. They added that the APC’s main guns appeared to have been removed and that the vehicles have been assembling over the weekend.
The video comes as Beijing warned on Monday that the anti-government protestors were showing ‘signs of terrorism’, urging the city’s forces to crack down on the rioter’s and on violent crime with an ‘iron fist’.
3. KREMLIN SAYS PROTESTS IN MOSCOW HAVE NOT CREATED A POLITICAL CRISIS
The Kremlin denied that a series of political protests in Moscow in recent weeks have created a political crisis in Russia in its first comments on the rallies.
The demonstrations, over elections for the Moscow city legislature, have turned into the biggest sustained protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013, when protesters took to the streets against perceived electoral fraud.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that tough police action at the rallies had been justified, but that individual cases of police excess were being looked into.