Thousands of tourists were left stranded as flights remain cancelled at the Hong Kong whilst Chief Executive Carrie Lam met with the Executive Council members.
It’s understood that 1940 international tourists were stranded at the hall, following the announcement by the Airport Authority that all arrival and departure flights were cancelled yesterday.
A small team of consular officials from the Australian Consulate were helping to direct Australian tourists to exit the airport safely.
The occupation protest at the airport began last weekend, following another wave of teargas unleashed by Hong Kong Police to deal with protesters in the city.
A young woman has been shot in the left eye by police during the clash at the Tsim Sha Tsui Mass Transit Station.
It’s very likely that the young woman will lost her eyesight on the left eye, with pictures on social media showing that her face was bleeding.
A short while ago, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has held a press conference after the international airport was reopened this morning.
She almost broke down in tears during her statement before taking questions.
She has responded to accusations of Police’s decoy operation, saying police have a duty to uphold the law.
“Police operation cannot be determined by someone like myself, who is outside the police. Especially when policemen have to make on the spot judgement on what will be the best interest and safety of people around during that particular situation,” she said.
“The Police have their code of practice to follow, the police have ridged and stringent guidelines on use of appropriate force. That requires the lowest level of force in dealing with those situations.”
Ms Lam was repeated interjected by local and international reporters as she evaded questions.
“The Chief Executive’s responsibility is to ensure that Hong Kong remains a safe, orderly, and law abiding city. That is my utmost responsibility because without the rule of law, without law and order in Hong Kong, it is extremely difficult to ensure 7 million people in Hong Kong can continue to live in a peaceful manner.” Ms Lam said.
“That is my utmost responsibility, and it also requires support for all the law enforcement agencies in accordance with the policies, rules and guidelines. That also means my responsibility goes beyond this particular range of protest.”
“… I as a Chief Executive will be responsible to rebuild Hong Kong’s economy, engage as widely as possible, to listen as attentively as possible. So my people’s grievances and try to help Hong Kong to move on.”
“That is my very serious political commitment and responsibility to the people of Hong Kong at this point in time.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also expressed his concerns over the issue and rejecting China’s rhetoric of calling demonstrations in Hong Kong as “terrorism”.
“Well that’s certainly not the rhetoric that I would certainly use to describe those events,” Mr Morrison said.
“And of course we’re concerned particularly because of the number of Australians, residents and citizens that are in Hong Kong both on a long term basis and on a short term basis, it is one of our most busy consulates and so our consular role there at the moment is very heightened and they’re very active.”
Mr Morrison says he would like to see the tensions de-escalate, at the same time encouraging Chief Executive Carrie Lam to be “listening carefully to what people are saying in Hong Kong…” to resolve the serious matter.