Operations at Hong Kong airport partially resumed early Tuesday, a day after flights at one of the world’s busiest transport hubs were canceled due to pro-democracy protesters.
The Hong Kong airport website showed some flights had departed and landed, while dozens of others remained canceled or delayed.
Several thousand black-clad protesters staged a five-day peaceful demonstration at the airport that disrupted operations on Monday. By Tuesday morning, most of the protesters had cleared out, and posters and signs against China and the Hong Kong government had been taken down.
But graffiti — some reading “an eye for an eye,” in reference to a protester who was shot in the face by police with a bean-bag round at a separate protest and reportedly lost sight in one eye — had not yet been cleared.
Protest organizers have said they plan to continue demonstrations at the airport later in the day to highlight to the international community the erosion of democracy and the encroachment of the long arm of mainland China into the affairs of the autonomous city state.
Adding to protesters’ complaints, Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific warned its staff on Monday that supporting “illegal protests” could result in being fired from the company.
Cathay’s announcement follows new rules imposed by Beijing banning airline staff members who have been involved in the Hong Kong protests…