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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters circulated several letters and messages Wednesday apologizing to travelers stranded in the city’s airport the last two days, grounded by protesters blocking departure gates to bring attention to China’s attempts to impose communist law on the region.
One group of protesters turned their apology letter into a large poster and held it up to tourists at the airport.
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Hong Kong International Airport canceled all flights on Monday and Tuesday as a result of thousands of protesters occupying the transit hub. Late Tuesday, protesters surrounded a man they believed to be an undercover Chinese communist agent, tying him up and beating him. Protesters also apprehended a second man identified as a “reporter” for the communist propaganda tabloid Global Times. Police stormed the airport to extract the two men, resulting in chaotic scenes in which protesters attempted to hold back what some believed to be a raid to arrest those present.
Millions in Hong Kong have taken to the streets since early June following the introduction in the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) of a law that would allow China to extradite anyone in Hong Kong if accused of violating Communist Party law. Following a series of brutal attacks from police and armed pro-China mobs, protesters took to the airport, where the presence of foreigners made it less likely for police or mobs to attack.
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The protests have largely been peaceful with the exception of the mob attacks, which police confirmed were tied to triads, Hong Kong’s organized crime groups. Tuesday night’s attack on suspected Chinese regime agents – a response to police going undercover as protesters and then attacking from within – was a glaring exception.
“Many Hongkongers are exhausted and have become paranoid after experiencing all these fears and injustice,” one anonymous statement from the protesters, signed “a group of fellow Hongkongers...
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