Another night of violence for Hong Kong


Defiant anti-government protesters brought unprecedented violence to Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday night, clashing with riot police after severely disrupting flights, even as officials secured an injunction order against those occupying the terminal building.

A source confirmed that the Airport Authority, represented by senior counsel Benjamin Yu, was granted the injunction by a judge late on Tuesday night.

It was not immediately clear what the scope of the injunction to remove the protesters would be or how it would be enforced, but technically, the order would become effective once it was posted in a public area at the airport.

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

He was seen later with his hands secured with cable ties and surrounded by protesters, who would not let paramedics take him away at around 10pm after he lost consciousness. The man earlier told media earlier he was from Shenzhen and went to the airport to see off friends. He denied that he was a public security officer.

It was another hour before he was taken away in an ambulance, but there was more trouble outside the terminal as protesters turned on police who were there initially to help the ambulance leave.

A small contingent of fully equipped riot police and elite officers from the Special Tactical Squad fought off the protesters, using pepper spray and batons.

So says El Trumpo:

The latest from CNN is restored calm:

The Hong Kong International Airport returned to normal operations Wednesday following clashes between protesters and police, according to a CNN team there.

Most flights appeared to be running on schedule based on one of the departure boards at the airport and hundreds of travelers were in the departures hall.

According to the CNN team, the airport was cleaned up and graffiti was covered up with white sheets of paper.

But the Thais aren’t standing on ceremony:

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) plans to dispatch two aircraft and officials to help evacuate Thais from Hong Kong as confrontations between police and protesters raise the prospect that flights at Hong Kong’s international airport may remain suspended going into the weekend.

The RTAF swung into action after protesters severely crippled operations at Chek Lap Kok airport for a second day on 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.

Got a plan for 100k Aussies Scummo?

Houses and Holes

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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  1. While I am no fan of China, and in particular our corrupt politicians sycophancy to it. The western MSM reaction to the protests in Hong Kong vs France is a fantastic illustration of their bias. Far more protesters have been wounded in France than in HK and the french governments response has been more brutal than that of the Chinese. There is no way the french would have allowed an airport to be occupied for any length of time, like the HK government did.
    Also it should be noted that the US has undoubtedly being doing its fair share of meddling in the protests ( but this is never mentioned by western MSM or celebrated if it is mentioned.
    All of it will be for nought in the end of the day though. The protests will either die away or be crushed and the extradition law will be passed. There is no way China will tolerate HK breaking away and being independent and the west knows this, but will milk the protests for all the PR value they can to distract the plebs in their own western oligarchys.

      • It would only be whataboutism if I was against the interests of the protesters, rather than just thinking they have no chance of success. It would be great if HK could become an independent state with actual democracy (i.e. direct democracy not the farce Aus has), but that is not what western media is pushing for. The west just wants to maintain any influence they can over HK while using the protests to discredit China. If you think Australia is better go along to your local Airport and try to block all the flights until the government ends its compliance with the USAs attempts to extradite Assange despite him not committing any crimes against America. Let me know how you get on, I imagine it will be quite enlightening for you.

    • Macron will face the ballot box at some point.
      What will Xi do? Isn’t he dictator for life?
      See the difference.

      • Rotating public figures supposedly leading a country is a poor indication of democracy
        Soviet Union had rotating presidents, did that make it more of a democracy or less?
        Is it democratic that a good leader cannot be reelected simply because he clocked his time and therefore a less competent person must come?

      • To be fair there has been a bias against reporting outside France in the legacy media. It has lasted far longer there have been far more people hurt. Its just that the French were actually stupid enough to vote in a globalist. The residents in Hong Kong did not vote for their government

    • There is more coverage of HK than France in Australia but I think that’s because it is of much more interest to Australia, just compare the number of people of French origin to Chinese origin. EU media is the opposite, they gave the yellow vests plenty of coverage. Also the issues are different.

    • The trouble is that if you start a post with “While I am no fan of China”, your “name” is something white-bread like Jarrod and you are not a BIG MEMBER, you just come across as wu mao.

      • +1 especially seeing the content of the posts. I wonder if he/she realises how counter productive it is to this audience. It shows how pervasive CPC propaganda is and why it is important to confront the BS at every turn.

    • As I keep saying, you China huggers lose your argument when you start deflecting blame to the US. It’s all you have left, desperation to mask the reality that the CCP is the dirtiest regime on the planet –
      Manufacturing powerhouse through child labour and slave wages
      Organ harvesting
      Forced detention of their own citizens
      Bribe any nation that will take their dirty cheap currency, hello Cambodia
      Conquering small islands in South China Sea
      Smashing Vietnamese /Filo fishing vessels
      They are done for, and everyone is turning against them, woohooo! You should support it, it will free the Chinese people from President Xi Dumpling

      • To paraphrase Fitzroy above, you not being a paid member makes this assertation a big load of what comes a back of a cow.
        I would just add that even if you paid membership, it would not improve on this assertation.

        Membership should be paid.
        I regularly click the ads to generate traffic.
        Sometimes I do it for fun, again and again…

      • @ Fitzroy

        Apologies Fitzroy, correct paraphrasing relates to JohnR MEMBER.
        Had to turn of the phone for several hours and did not see the correct reference.

  2. david collyerMEMBER

    Those who can leave will leave. Everyone else must fight or submit. Those who resist are destined for the reeducation camps.


  3. Ronin8317MEMBER

    There is a simple solution to the protest : the police chief and Carrie Lam should both resigns.

    • Nah, much better to roll AFVs and paramilitary shock troops. Gather up dissidents and disappear them. It’s the tried and true CCP method; don’t fix what ain’t broke!

      …but let’s not forget the French Yellow Vest protests that have been allowed to go on for over a year and will likely lead to the democratic ouster of the Macron government. The CCP are saints compared to those evil French bstards!

  4. I’m already imagining the scenario of an “Asian Spring”.
    Hong Kong Chinese given refugee status by western nations whom already have a significant population of mainland Chinese. Next to follow will be Taiwan, and the same implications. If the conflict in universities is anything to go by, there’s potential for some real violence in Australian cities when the displaced Hong Kong Chinese meet them. If this were to play out, it could further empower ON.

  5. Here’s a thought.
    Can anyone think of a quicker way to have the CCP impose it’s totalitarian will upon the people of Hong Kong than by opposing authority in such a public manner?
    Has me wondering if these Airport protesters are also in the employ of the Chinese government.

      • Realpolitik and its close relative Pragmatism are essential parts of any Confucianist society (and yes I would classify HK as Confucianist). I’d suggest you read a bit about the Chinese Philosophy of Legalism before you comment.
        This goes to the very core of what other HK citizens consider to be Right and Wrong, Moral and Immoral, it’s not simply a governmental issue but rather a social structure issue.

      • What are you saying?
        As I hear it: The will of the majority of HK citizens is unimportant, what’s important is that my will (call it Freedom or whatever) be imposed upon them.
        I’m kinda hearing a sentiment along the lines of : there’s noting worse than a slave that gets uppity!
        Like wtf do they know about what good for them.
        It sort of goes to the core of what Chinese call Ren.
        What does Ren mean individually and what does Ren mean communally.
        But hey why bother to understand a subject when it only weakens your arguments.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      If ‘One Country, Two System’ is voided, it’s game over for HK regardless. While some of the protesters are influenced by certain ‘outside party’, the general population of HK is also very pissed off at the brutality of the police, and the unbelievable stupidity of the HK Chief Executive. The law should be shelved after the Huawei arrest in Canada, it will be a tool that Beijing cannot resist using.

      HK is not at stake as China already controls HK. What is at stake is Taiwan. A bloody crackdown on HK will be swiftly followed by Taiwan independence. It will be just about the dumbest, stupidest move the CCP can make in this situation.

    • You completely forget that as soon as the cpc jackboots hit the ground in hk, it will lose its special economic status. That is why the chinese are treating this so softly.

      • I don’t think I have forgotten anything.
        I’m not saying that I like this change, all that I’m saying is that we need to be very careful just where we are drawing our lines in the sand. IF HK is the line that we intend to defend with our blood than so be it. If we have no intention of spilling Aussie blood over this issue than we need to be more careful with our rhetoric…else we might be misunderstood, and end up spilling Aussie blood despite losing HK’s autonomous status.