Protesters call for occupying HK airport again

Protesters surround banners that read: "Those charge to the street on today is brave!," top, and "Release all the detainees!" during a sit-in rally at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International airport, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Hong Kong police showed off water cannons Monday as pro-democracy street protests stretched into their 10th week with no sign of either side backing down. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Anti-government activists have called for occupying the Hong Kong International Airport again on Monday, following a series of violent clashes in Hong Kong a day earlier, which led to injuries to both protesters and police officers.

More than 40 people were injured and sent to hospitals across the city, including a female protester who could lose her right eye after she was reportedly hit with beanbag round fired by police, the South China Morning Post said.

Protesters hold up placards as they take part in a sit-in protest at the arrival hall of the airport in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Hong Kong police showed off water cannons Monday as pro-democracy street protests stretched into their 10th week with no sign of either side backing down. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The airport was occupied by hundreds of protesters from Friday to Sunday to secure international backing for the movement against the now-abandoned Extradition Bill.

The fresh demonstration plans, with some calling for 1 million people to descend on the airport on Monday, are made with slogans of “an eye for an eye” and “not any one of the five demands could be missing.”

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho, left, argues with pro-democracy lawmakers Au Nok-hin, in yellow helmet, and, Claudia Mo, right, during a demonstration of an anti-riot vehicle equipped with water cannon by Hong Kong police at the Police Tactical Unit Headquarters in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Hong Kong police showed off water cannons during the demonstration of specially equipped armored cars came after another weekend of protests at Hong Kong’s bustling international airport and on the streets of one of the city’s main shopping districts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The protesters hope that their actions would further exert pressure on the government to respond to their demands, including the establishment of a commission of inquiry to look into the extradition bill-related protests, along with police’s handling of demonstrations. ●