Travelers luggage on the highway after protesters blocked transport routes to Hong Kong International Airport on September 1, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
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Thousands of protesters have blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in an effort to draw the world's attention to their fight for democracy in a Chinese-ruled city facing its biggest political crisis of decades . [1
Some passengers were forced to
the Tung Chung MTR Metro Station closed and protesters smashed CCTV cameras and metal poles and dismantled turnstiles at the stations.
Police moved in and made several arrests.
The Lap Kok Check, built around a small island in the Ying days of British colonial rule, is one of the busiest and most efficient airports in the world, reached by a series of bridges that were overflowing with traffic.
"If we break the airport, more foreigners will read the news about Hong Kong," says a 20-year-old protester asking not to be named.
Black-clad demonstrators headed to the airport three weeks ago, jostling the terminal in sometimes violent clashes with police and prompting some flights to be canceled or delayed.
Police said on Sunday protesters were throwing iron poles, bricks and rocks at the railroad track near the airport station. By early evening, protesters at the airport had left, but protesters in Tung Chung remained
"We have no idea how to leave. We are stuck," a masked protestor said while others searched for buses and ferries to return home.
Police raises charges at MTR Tung Chung train station after blocking protesters. transport routes to Hong Kong International Airport on September 1, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
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Police and protesters clashed overnight in one of the most violent violence since unrest broke out more than three months ago over fears that Beijing would erode the autonomy granted to the territory upon its return to China in 1997  China denies accusations of meddling and says that Hong Kong is an internal affair. He denounced the protests and warned of damage to the economy.
Tourist numbers have fallen in recent weeks and international trade fairs have canceled as the territory faces its first recession in a decade.
China is ready to quell the unrest. before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1. He accused foreign powers, particularly the United States and Britain, of stirring up unrest.
Several hundred protesters also gathered in front of the British Consulate in central Hong Kong, waving Union Jack banners and chanting "God save the Queen."
Parts of the subway system stop as skirmishes spread on the subway on Saturday, with television showing images of people being beaten while dropping on the floor behind umbrellas. Police said they arrested 63 people between the ages of 13 and 36. Amnesty International said subway violence should be investigated.
The protests came on the fifth anniversary of China's decision to curb democratic reforms and exclude universal suffrage in Hong Kong.  The riots began in mid-June, fueled by anger over a halted extradition bill that would allow people in the city to be sent to China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.
But the turmoil developed. for 13 weeks to become a widespread demand for greater democracy.
Protesters called for a general strike on Monday, but it was not immediately clear how many people would participate.