If you were a visitor arriving on Friday at the Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport, this would be the scene, you saw on your first steps on to ‘Asia’s world city.’

A sea of black-clad individuals, including Hong Kong’s airport staff, were staging a sit-in to protest against the extradition law and demand an independent inquiry of alleged police brutality.

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong took their cause to one of the busiest airports in the world, as thousands—protesters and onlookers—packed into the two arrival halls.

Their purpose was to let their voices be heard by the international community.

“The main goal for us is to let more people around the world know what’s actually happening in Hong Kong in recent months and how it (Hong Kong) doesn’t look like it did before,” said Andy Ho, who was one of protest organizers.

Demonstrators adorned in black T-shirts occupied the arrival hall and greeted international visitors with posters reading “Free Hong Kong.”


Others sat on the floor, holding placards with anti-government, anti-police brutality, and warnings for visitors from abroad.

The warnings stated, “While the Hong Kong people are shooting at peaceful protesters on Hong Kong Island, the government employs thugs to beat protesters in New Territories.”

The activists carried placards warning tourists and other travelers to Hong Kong that the island territory is not safe. One message reads, “Do not trust the police or the government.”

Another placard stated Hong Kong police “collude with gangsters” to attack protesters.

Activists at the airport adopted the Lennon Wall concept and took it to a whole new level—with a live protest art installation and even featured a child covered with post-it notes.

A staff of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific airline, Coco Cheung was present at the silent sit-in. “We just want to fight for the rights and core values of Hong Kong,” said Cheung.

“I can’t understand why the government and the police would treat protesters, who were protesting peacefully, that way,” continued Cheung.

The protests continued for over a month, with pro-democracy activists calling for democratic reforms and the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that will allow the Chinese Communist Party to extradite suspects—locals and/or foreigners—to China for trial.

The Hong Kong activists are seeking direct elections, closure of the current legislature, and an inquiry into alleged police brutality.

Clashes between protesters and police have escalated recently. In the aftermath of last Sunday’s protest, a gang of white-clad men brutally attacked people at a rail station.

It is believed that the attackers were targeting pro-democracy protesters who had attended the rally earlier that day.

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