'Democracy now': Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport

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Published on August 9, 2019 - Duration: 00:44s

'Democracy now': Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport

Demonstrators crowded the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airport on Friday, handing out anti-government leaflets and waving banners in a dozen languages in a bid to raise awareness among visitors ahead of weekend rallies planned across the city.

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'Democracy now': Protesters stage sit-in at Hong Kong airport

About a thousand protesters, mostly young and wearing black T-shirts, held a sit-in and distributed flyers headlined "Dear travelers" above artwork depicting the protests since June that have plunged the financial hub into its biggest crisis since returning to China from British rule in 1997.

"Please forgive us for the 'unexpected' Hong Kong," the English leaflets read.

"You've arrived in a broken, torn-apart city, not the one you once pictured.

Yet for this Hong Kong, we fight." The increasingly violent protests pose one of the gravest populist challenges yet to Chinese leader Xi Jinping

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