Pro-democracy protests cause shutdown at Hong Kong International Airport

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HONG KONG (CBS/WBNG) — Several thousand people gathered on Monday for a fourth day of protest at Hong Kong’s busy International Airport, causing all remaining departures for the day to be canceled.

It came following violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement over the weekend led to injuries and mass arrests of protesters. Nearly 50 people were treated for injuries Sunday after police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds.

In a statement, the Airport Authority said it would “work closely with its business partners with a view to resuming normal airport operations as soon as possible”.

A woman was hit directly in the eye with a bean-bag round filled with pellets. Her injury has become a potent symbol for the protesters, with many, including inside the airport, donning fake bloodied eye patches in solidarity.

The protests have stretched into their 10th week and showed no signs of ending.

The movement’s demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory’s leader, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.

Former British colony Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule in 1997 and some have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of steadily chipping away at their freedoms.

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