haos erupted late on Tuesday night when riot police entered the Hong Kong airport and clashed with protesters.
The airport has canceled flights for two straight days as thousands of demonstrators have swarmed the building and blocked departure points to protest against police violence.
Police finally entered the airport in force at around 11:00 pm on Tuesday night in order to evacuate a man who was captured by the protesters on suspicion of being an undercover cop from the mainland.
Video coming out of the airport shows some truly insane moments including a police officer pulling his gun on protesters after being beaten with his own baton.
Police officer had his baton taken from him and was attacked with it. Drew his pistol and aimed at protesters. Astonished nobody killed here tonight. pic.twitter.com/Wox8yziDnz
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) August 13, 2019
A #HongKong #police officer pulled out his gun pointing it at protesters at the airport @hkairport, apparently because he felt his life was under threat #HongKongProtests #HK pic.twitter.com/4VSFZavBmH
— Damon Pang (@damon_pang) August 13, 2019
Other footage is similarly chaotic as protesters used laser pointers and luggage cart blockades to try to ward off riot police who responded with batons and pepper spray.
— CNN International (@cnni) August 13, 2019
— Jack Hazlewood (@JackHHazlewood) August 13, 2019
Check out more clips of the madness below:
— Fion Li (@fion_li) August 13, 2019
The crowd is going wild after a dozen or so police appeared in terminal one at Hong Kong airport pic.twitter.com/uTIjxeYTv2
— Erin Hale (@erinhale) August 13, 2019
What’s left at the airport entrances. This night was horrible and depressing for me, one of the worst in five years covering protests in Hong Kong, must have been absolutely terrifying for the poor stranded tourists. pic.twitter.com/NEeyWtHMZy
— 𝕛𝕒𝕞𝕖𝕤 𝕘𝕣𝕚𝕗𝕗𝕚𝕥𝕙𝕤 🇭🇰🏴 (@jgriffiths) August 13, 2019
A number of the protesters were arrested during the clashes with police retreating after about 15 minutes. Demonstrators then attempted to set up makeshift barricades to prevent police vans from leaving.
Things appear to have quieted down for the moment but who knows for how long.