Riot police, protesters clash at Hong Kong airport

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A medical staffer helps a detained man, who protesters claimed was a police officer from mainland China, during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong's international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night, bringing unprecedented violence to the ongoing protest against the Extradition Bill.

The late-night chaos came after belligerent protesters spent hours detaining a young man they claimed was an undercover agent from mainland China at the check-in area in the departure hall.

Travelers walk past as protesters hold a sit-in rally near the departure gate of the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Protesters clogged the departure area at Hong Kong’s reopened airport Tuesday, a day after they forced one of the world’s busiest transport hubs to shut down entirely amid their calls for an independent inquiry into alleged police abuse. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The South China Morning Post reported that the protester had his hands secured with cable ties as he was surrounded by protesters. The latter blocked paramedics from taking him away at around 10 p.m. after he lost consciousness.

A man urinates on photos of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam placed in the urinals, during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The man earlier told Hong Kong media earlier he was from Shenzhen and went to the airport to see off friends. He denied that he was a public security officer, media said.