Police demonstrate water cannon in warning to protesters

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Hong Kong airport suspends check-ins due to protests

Hong Kong police are being accused of using undercover officers dressed as protestors to infiltrate and arrest demonstrators in the Chinese territory, where unrest has continued for weeks.

Organisers of the protests have called for a million people to take over the airport today as a reaction for alleged police brutality.

Banners at the rally in Victoria Park read "Give Hong Kong back to us" and "Withdraw the evil law", the latter a reference to an extradition bill that was the original spark for the protests.

Police don't rule out the possibility of tear gas being deployed at the airport on Monday, deputy police commissioner Tang Ping-keung told reporters gathered at police headquarters in Wan Chai.

A crowd of protesters that authorities said numbered more than 5,000 descended on the airport yesterday carrying placards and chanting slogans about police violence. We can not believe them anymore.

"Our operation.is targeting extreme violent rioters", he added.

What else did police say?

One female protester was seen being treated by paramedics, after she was hit in the face by a beanbag round.

On Monday, protesters at the city's worldwide airport wore bandages over their eyes in response to the incident. China has never disclosed how many people died in the clashes but human rights organizations have estimated the death toll to be between several hundred to several thousand.

Mr Mak also defended the use of pepper ball rounds at close range, saying officers made a "split-second" decision to fire on protesters who had tried to flee.

Beijing officials strongly condemned Sunday's violence and linked violent protesters to "terrorism". But the airport protest, which caused the cancellation of more than 150 flights, was a rare case of the movement having a direct impact on business travel and tourism - mainstays of the Asian business center's economy.

"Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today", the statement said.

The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6:00am (local time) on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes sharply after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances. "People are sleeping on conveyor belts and hard floors".

Tear gas was sacked at the blackshirted crowds in districts on Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with one young female medic hospitalized after being shot in the right eye, triggering a protest by medical workers who wore bloodied patches over their eyes.

The U.K. carriers said services due to depart London on Monday night and take about 12 hours to fly to Hong Kong should operate according to schedule. That bill was withdrawn.

The protest movement's demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader, Carrie Lam, democratic elections for her successor, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force.

Under the "one country, two systems" principle, Hong Kong is considered a Special Administrative Region of China and maintains independent legislative and legal systems that afford residents freedoms not available in mainland China.