Hong Kong's Airport Authority said on Wednesday, August 14th, that it issued an "interim injunction" in order to restrain citizens from "unlawfully and wilfully obstructing" the operations at the city's international airport amid fierce protests engulfing the Asian country, reported Reuters.
"Persons are also restrained from attending or participating in any demonstration or protest or public order event in the airport other than in the area designated by the airport authority," it said.
Hong Kong stocks fell on Tuesday August 13th, as hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators staged a new rally at one of the busiest airports in the world, a day after a massive protest there triggered major flight cancellations, AFP has reported.
The increasingly violent unrest in the key financial hub comes as world markets are hit by fears about the global economy.
In the latest development, hundreds of flights were cancelled on Monday as thousands of protesters gathered at Hong Kong's international airport, causing many passengers to be stranded.
Only a few protesters remained at the airport through the night, and flights resumed early in the morning. But by afternoon, hundreds of demonstrators came again, responding to a call for a new protest.
Protesters were clad in black, the colour worn by demonstrators since the rallies first erupted in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to mainland China. Although the bill was suspended, the protests have evolved into a broader call for democratic freedoms.
Protesters on Tuesday chanted "Stand with Hong Kong, stand for freedom," as passengers were scrambling to catch rescheduled and delayed flights.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned that the violent protests are driving Hong Kong down a "path of no return".
“The situation in Hong Kong in the past week has made me very worried that we have reached this dangerous situation," Lam said.