Hong Kong protesters take fight to city's airport

Hong Kong protesters take fight to city's airport
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Protesters in Hong Kong stormed the city's airport on Friday, chanting anti-government slogans and drawing attention from international travelers to their growing protest movement.

The Associated Press reported that more than 1,000 demonstrators entered the airport, clogging public areas and demanding the resignation of all members of the city's legislative authority.

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“There are no riots, there’s only tyranny!” demonstrators chanted, according to the AP. The city has faced unrest for weeks over a now-scrapped plan to allow Chinese authorities to extradite citizens of Hong Kong, now legally a part of China, to the mainland for criminal trials.

After the bill was killed in the legislature this month, protesters shifted to demands for the city to investigate allegations of police brutality and to hold direct elections.

Ahead of Friday's takeover of the airport, demonstrators reportedly released a video mocking the style of an airport information announcer which sharply criticized police response times.

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hong Kong,” a voiceover says in the video, according to the AP. “It is a safety requirement that you remain alert and vigilant at all times because the police will no longer answer your calls when you have any needs.”

A spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry, meanwhile, blamed the protests on foreign influence, calling them “an attempt to incite external forces to intervene in Hong Kong affairs.”

“I advise those who invite a wolf into the room to learn from history,” the spokeswoman said at a press briefing Friday, according to the AP. “Has anyone in history met a good end after colluding with external forces and blaming their own country and people?”